Libya sends home over 230 Nigerian prisoners

Published October 7th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Libya has sent home 238 Nigerian prisoners to serve out the rest of their prison terms in their own country, the justice and security ministry said in Tripoli on Sunday.  

 

The Nigerians were handed over for "humanitarian reasons", a ministry official told AFP. In July 2001, the Nigerian government appealed to Libya's president Moamer Kadhafi for clemency for four Nigerians sentenced to death by a Libyan court.  

 

The four counted among seven people - including two Libyans and a Ghanaian - sentenced to death over clashes between Libyan youths and black African migrant workers in Libya in September 2000. Nigerians expelled from Libya at the time told the news agency that over 130 people died in the clashes. (Albawaba.com)

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