Ex-Libyan PM's release from jail put on hold

October 30, 2011 16:52


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TUNIS - A former Libyan prime minister is still in a Tunisian jail despite a judge's order to release him because Libya's new leaders have lodged a fresh request to have him extradited, his lawyer said.

Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, prime minister under former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been in detention since fleeing from Libya into neighboring Tunisia soon after Gaddafi's rule collapsed in August.

"Mahmoudi is still in prison," his lawyer, Mabrouk Korchid, told Reuters.

Libya's interim government, the National Transitional Council (NTC) is trying to bring back senior Gaddafi lieutenants who fled the country. They hope to try them on charges ranging from corruption to killing opponents during the rebellion which ended Gaddafi's rule. Lawyers for some of the fugitives say they will not be given a fair trial in Libya.

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