Libya and Algeria agrees to exchange prisoners
El Khabar, 18 september 2008
Secretary of Arab Affairs at the General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Co-operation, Mohamed-Taher Sialate said in press briefing in Algiers that Algeria and Libya reached an agreement to exchange the extradition of prisoners before the end of the current month. Sialate’s statement came following a meeting with Algeria’s Delegate Minister in charge of Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel. He said: “a diplomat commission at Algeria’s Embassy in Libya has already paid a visit to Algerian prisoners in Libya;” pointing out “the two parties have agreed on precise procedures to resolve this issue.” The Libyan official has not revealed the number of Algeria prisoners who are to be released, yet, sources told El Khabar that the think is about 52 prisoners serving sentences varying between death penalties, life sentence, hand-cut for robbery, smuggling and narcotics. He further added that a Libyan mission is to pay a visit to Algeria on the 20th of this month. It is to visit Libyan prisoners, as well as concluding their extradition procedures, as to permit them celebrating Eid Al-Fitr with their family members, he concluded.
18-09-2008 By A.K/ Translation A.A