8 prisoners escape in Libyan jailbreak

2012-08-11 20:12
A judge has allowed Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the \Sunday rapist\, to be moved to a single cell after his lawyer claimed he was being victimised. (File, AP)

A judge has allowed Johannes Jacobus Steyn, dubbed the \Sunday rapist\, to be moved to a single cell after his lawyer claimed he was being victimised. (File, AP)

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Tripoli - A top Libyan security official says gunmen attacked a prison in the capital Tripoli, breaking free eight prisoners in fighting that left another prisoner dead.

Libya's deputy Interior Minister Omar al-Khadrawi says the detainees had been awaiting trial for crimes committed in the past year.

He says unknown assailants in a Land Cruiser opened fire on security personnel guarding the facility late on Friday in what appeared to be a co-ordinated attempt to free some of the men inside.

Three policemen and two prisoners were wounded.

It was the third rebellion at Tripoli's al-Fornaj prison, where detainees complain they have been held for months without word of trial.

Since last year's revolution that ousted long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has struggled to restore security and rebuild its judicial system.


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