Libya frees 88 Islamist prisoners

Human rights groups say Libyan security forces killed 1,200 prisoners in 1996 in Abu Salim, located on the outskirts of Tripoli.

Libya frees 88 Islamist prisoners
The Libyan government on Thursday released 88 members of radical Islamist groups jailed for plotting to topple the government of Muammar Gaddafi, the country's main charity said.

"We congratulate all advocates of human rights issues on the release of 45 members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and 43 members of various other Jihadist groups," said the Human Rights Association in a statement.

The association is part of the powerful Gaddafi Foundation which is chaired by the Libyan leader's son Saif al Islam.

The 88 detainees walked through the gates of Abu Salim prison to the embraces families and friends, witnesses said.

"The release crowned the efforts of Saif al Islam," the Association Chief Executive Salah Abdessalam told Reuters.

Human rights groups say Libyan security forces killed 1,200 prisoners in 1996 in Abu Salim, located on the outskirts of Tripoli.

LIFG's leaders jailed in Abu Salim have been in talks with the authorities over the past two years to reach a deal under which the group gives up its battle.

The authorities had released more than 130 members of the group in batches, political sources say.

Political sources in Tripoli said that with Thursday's release, only some 40 LIFG and 11 other "fighters" were believed to remain in Libyan prisons.


Reuters
Last Mod: 15 Ekim 2009, 15:27
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