Tunisia frees former Libyan prime minister -lawyer

October 27, 2011 12:33

TUNIS - A Tunisian court has freed former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, despite an extradition request from Libyan authorities, his lawyer said on Thursday.

"The court ruled to free him from prison," Mabrouk Korchid told Reuters. Confirming the report, a judicial source said al-Mahmoudi was now a free man.

Al-Mahmoudi fled Libya to neighboring Tunisia soon after the rule of Muammar Gaddafi collapsed in July and had gone on hunger strike in protest against his possible extradition.

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