Libya prisoners

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On Thursday 12 March the Misrata prison released 19 prisoners of war who had been detained since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. They are the first to be released after completing their sentences. The Minister of Justice of the opposition government based in Tripoli have visited the prison and allowed relatives and friends to visit the prisoners.

The minister also toured the prison and talked to a number of prisoners about their living conditions, inquiring into their health and whether any human rights abuses occurred. Just back from Geneva, he agreed to support humanitarian missions to improve prison conditions and prevent any human rights violations or abuses toward to the prisoners.

soundbite (Arabic)
Mostafa Al-Gleib, Minister of Justice in Tripoli: We all have to support each other and stand by justice in order to enforce justice and empower its ability to punish criminals, help victims and provide equality and enforce justice. This is an honest demand and it’s a fundamental one for all the patriots and free men of Libya.
soundbite (Arabic)
Abdulrahman Al-Shakshak, Head of the Local Council in Tawrgh: We're working together for the greater good and, as you know, the situation in Libya dictates that we move in all directions. When we were in Geneva, I met with the Misrata local council and we agreed to allow visits to prisoners to overview their situations and let people know the conditions they are living in.

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  1. soundbite (Arabic)
    Mostafa Al-Gleib, Tripoli Justice Minister: We all have to support each other, and stand by justice to enforce justice and empower its hands to punish the criminals, and help the victims and provide equality and enforce justice, and this is honestly a demand and it’s a fundamental demand for all the patriots and freemen in Libya.
  2. soundbite (Arabic)
    Abdulrahman Al-Shakshak, Head of Tawrgha Local Council: We work together for the greater good, and as you know the situation in Libya dictates that we move in all directions, we were in Geneva I was there with the Misrata local council, and we agreed to allow visits to prisoners, and view their situations to know the conditions they are in.