Libya has released the jailed leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday.
Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam stood alongside three of the group's leaders at a news conference in Tripoli at which he announced they were among 214 prisoners linked to the fighter groups who were being released immediately.
"Today is a very important day in Libyan history because we are going to declare the day when we ended the problems between the Libyan people and they can all shake hands," said Saif.
Abdelhakim Belhadj, the Emir, or commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), and deputies Sami Assaadi and Khaled Asherif joined Saif at the news conference to announce they and fellow prisoners were being released.
The LIFG leaders wrote a book while in prison renouncing violence and urging young people to seek inspiration for peace from the Islamic holy book, the Koran.
But Muammar Gaddafi said in January that Libya will keep up to 300 Islamists in jail indefinitely, even after they completed their prison terms, to stop them staging fresh attacks.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mart 2010, 08:23