18 April 2014

Libya: Judicial Investigation On Kidnapping of Diplomat and Staffer of Tunisia's Embassy in Tripoli

Photo: Fred Abrahams/Human Rights Watch
Libya has witnessed frequent kidnappings (file photo).

Tunis, — The Public Prosecutor ordered the opening of a judiciary investigation on the kidnapping of a diplomat and a staffer of Tunisia's embassy in Tripoli, Spokesman of the Tunis Court of First Instance Deputy Public Prosecutor, Sofiène Sliti said Friday, to TAP news agency.

He underlined that "the Public Prosecutor had ordered the opening of a judicial investigation against X for the kidnapping of an officer or an embassy staffer in implementation of articles 237 of the penal Code and 307 of the code of penal procedures.

This decision came after the announcement, the day before by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, of the disappearance of Tunisian Diplomat Laroussi Gontassi, in mysterious conditions in Tripoli, after nearly one month of kidnapping embassy staffer Mohamed Becheikh.

Besides, the Foreign Ministry's spokesman Mokhtar Chaouachi announced that the families of the two Libyan nationals jailed in Tunisia and involved in terrorist act are behind the two abductions.

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