28 Algerian prisoners in Libya released says their lawyer Ben Braham
El Khabar, 30 september 2008
28 Algerian prisoners held in Libya have been released yesterday, while 52 others facing serious accusations are still detained, said the Algerian prisoners’ lawyer, Mrs. Fatma Zohra Ben Braham.
In this context, the 28 prisoners being released by the Libyan authorities have been furnished the pass to back to Algeria in the few coming days. They belong to the category of prisoners who have been sentenced for less than 10 years, yet, they have been released although they served half the sentence.
According to lawyer Ben Braham, the Algerian prisoners have been transported to the Algerian borders by the Libyan authorities, to be transferred home by the Algerian authorities. However, the families of the prisoners, who still detained at Libyan penitentiaries, have expressed their concern about the fate of their relatives who have not included in the release decision.
In their turn, the families whose sons have been sentenced to death and to hand cutting, have raised fears as the agreement achieved between Algeria and Libya has not taken them into consideration.
The Algerian authorities have not followed suit through the extradition of the Libyan prisoners held in Libyan prisoners. They have been gathered at El Harrach penitentiary in Algiers, and the legal procedures related to their deportation have been completed.
By C.M/Translation Section