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Libya frees 214 Islamists, including three top figures
AFP/TRIPOLI â€” Libya has freed 214 Islamists from prison, including three top figures of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said on Tuesday.
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“Today, the Libyan state announces the liberation of 214 prisoners from different Islamist groups among which are 34 members of the LIFG, including the three leaders of the group” — top boss Abdelhakim Belhaj, military chief, Khaled Shrif and ideological official Sami Saadi, Seif al-Islam told a press conference in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
“With the release of these leaders, we have brought to a conclusion our programme of dialogue and reconciliation,” he added, in reference to a policy of reaching out to Islamists begun in 2007 by the Kadhafi Foundation, which he heads.
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“Since the beginning of this programme, 705 Islamists have been freed, while 409 are still in prison, and 232 of them will be set free soon,” Islam added.
That’ll work. They will all go back to goat-shagging and live happily ever after. No doubt….
“It’s true that Libya is an enigma. Â It’s, you know, not very transparent, which is bad, I agree. Â but hopefully one day the whole issue will be very transparent, but the only thing I can say is that the Libyan train is heading toward the right station.”
I asked him about Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi, the man convicted in the Pan Am 103 atrocity, in which 270 were killed, when the flight blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.Â The Scottish Judiciary released Megrahi in August on compassionate grounds, as doctors gave him just three months to live.Â Seven months later he is still alive.Â Gaddafi said, “The Americans shouldn’t be angry because this man is innocent, I believe he is innocent.Â Second, it was not a Libyan decision to release him.Â They should go to the UK and discuss the issue with the UK and not Libya.Â And the third issue–he is very sick.Â This is a fact.Â But he is still alive.Â You should ask God about that.” More>>