Libya denies releasing the 52 Algerian detainees
El Khabar, 15 march 2008
A controversy over Algerian detainees in Libyan prisons has been raised following the denial being issued by Libyan Authorities concerning an amnesty likely been ordered by Libyan Leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi on the favour of the 52 Algerian detainees, while detainees’ representative denied being notified of such information.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry has denied last Wednesday information being reported by sources within the Algerian Human Right Commission saying Gaddafi has amnestied Algerian detainees. The same source said: “the news is unfounded.” However, an Algerian prisoner in Tripoli, Libya told El Khabar in a phone call yesterday that the direction of the prison has not notified prisoners of any decision to release them, indicating: “if the prison intended releasing us, we would have known that.” Furthermore, detainees’ family told El Khabar, following a meeting with the president of the Human Right Advisory Commission Thursday, the latter was astonished toward the denial of Libyans, while calling detainees’ family members not believing the denial reported by Al Jazeera Channel. The representative of detainees’ family said the president of the Human Right Advisory Commission told them the General Secretary of Algeria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry called him by Tuesday evening telling him that the Libyan Leader Al-Gaddafi has issued an amnesty on the favour of Algerian detainees, while requesting him informing their families about it.
15-03-2008 By M.C/ Translation A.A