Kidnapped Former Libyan Prime Minister Released in Tripoli

Published August 23rd, 2017 - 11:33 GMT
Libya is currently facing a complex power struggle. (AFP)
Libya is currently facing a complex power struggle. (AFP)

According to The Telegraph, Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been released in Tripoli after having been kidnapped and held by an armed group thought to be linked to the UN-backed government.

Ali Zeidan served as a diplomat and then human rights lawyer based in Geneva until the topple of Gaddafi when he turned to Libya to serve as Prime Minister.

He was eventually forced out over the failure of his government to prevent an oil tanker from North Korea loading from a rebel-controlled terminal in 2014.

Relatives told The Telegraph that they believed Mr Zeidan was being held by the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade, a local militia which emerged during the uprising to overthrow Gaddafi.

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