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Libya PM freed

All the latest developments and updates on the kidnapping of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan,

  • A group of former Libyan rebels said it seized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a Tripoli hotel on Thursday because of his government's role in the US capture of a top al Qaeda suspect in the Libyan capital.

    "His arrest comes after the statement by John Kerry about the capture of Abu Anas al-Liby,
    after he said the Libyan 
    government was aware of the operation," a spokesman for the group, known as the Operations Room of Libya's  Revolutionaries, said referring to the US Secretary of State.

    [Source: Reuters]

    by AJE Staff

  • A source in the premier's office said Zeidan had been kidnapped from Tripoli's Corinthia Hotel, where he resides.

    "A large number of armed men entered the place very early on Thursday.

    we did not know what was happening," a hotel employee told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    [Source: AFP]
  • A video still circulating on social media allegedly showing Prime Minister Ali Zeidan at the time he was taken from his hotel [Facebook]

    by AJE Staff

  • A group of former rebels in Libya said  Thursday it had "arrested" Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, after he was seized by  gunmen from a Tripoli hotel in a dawn raid.

    The Operations Cell of Revolutionaries, which in principle reports to the
    defence and interior ministries, said on Facebook it had seized Zeidan "on the prosecutor's orders".

    The premier "was arrested under the Libyan penal code.
    .. on the instructions of the public prosecutor", the group said.

    [Source: AFP]
  • William Hague, Britain's foreign secretary, condemns abduction of Libyan PM and calls for immediate release. 

    Source: Reuters
  • Former rebel gunmen freed Libya's prime minister on Thursday after holding him for several
    hours in reprisal for the capture by U.S. forces at the weekend of a Libyan al Qaeda suspect in Tripoli, officials said.

    A Reuters journalist at the scene said protesters had opened fire at the building where Ali Zeidan was being held to demand that the group, which is affiliated with the government, free
    the premier.

    "The prime minister has been released," a government official said. A security source also said Zeidan was free.

    Two years after a revolution ended Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, Libya is in turmoil, with its vulnerable central government and nascent armed forces struggling to contain rival tribal militias and who control parts of the country.

    [Source: Reuters]
  • Libyan PM Zeidan in Tweet says he is fine and that Militia captors had wanted him to resign.

    [Source: Reuters]
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