'Palestinians were freed for Israeli'

August 12, 2010 23:55

Gaddafi's son says Israel traded security prisoners to get Hadad back.

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moamma

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi 311. (photo credit: AP)

TRIPOLI, Libya — The son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi said Thursday that part Israel freed Palestinian security prisoners as part of the deal to gain the freedom of jailed Israeli photographer Rafi Hadad.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi told reporters that the Israeli-Tunisian dual national was not a spy and corroborated the man's story that he was in the country to photograph heritage sites connected to Libya's vanished Jewish community.

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"This person was naive ... he is not a spy and I made use of this issue in favor of our Palestinian brothers in Gaza," he said. "Palestinian prisoners were released in exchange for releasing the Israeli."

Gadhafi would not say how many Palestinians were released for Hadad, who was freed Sunday after five months in jail.

Libya bans Israelis from entering the country, though Hadad was traveling on his Tunisian passport at the time of his arrest.

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