Jordanian Government Extradites Islamist to Libya

Published June 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Jordanian government extradited a Libyan Islamist to Libya at the end of May after detaining him for more than a month, a London-based Muslim rights group said Wednesday.  

Abdul Nasser Ahmad Tilmun, 34, who fled Libya in 1989 "to escape injustice and torture," was imprisoned since his arrest in Amman on April 12, the Islamic Observation Center (IOC) said.  

His wife and four children were forced to return to Libya on May 15 "following pressure exerted on other members of his family" who remained at home, the IOC said in a statement. The organization also denounced what it said was an understanding between Jordan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  

Tilmun had asked for political asylum through the UNHCR office in Amman in November 1998, then in April 2000, but his requests were rebuffed each time, the IOC said. In March, Jordan said it expelled eight Libyan nationals from its territory because they had links to international "terrorist organizations" but did not say where they were sent - LONDON (AFP) 

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