Libya ex-PM jailed in Tunisia to appeal

2011-09-26 18:00
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Libya war continues

Libyan revolutionary fighters continue to battle ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi's and his loyalists.

Tunis - Libyan former prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, arrested in Tunisia and jailed for six months for illegal entry, will go to appeal on Tuesday, the justice ministry said.

Prime minister until the last days of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, Mahmudi was arrested on Wednesday night near Tamaghza on the south-western border with Algeria, in the company of two other people who were not identified.

Swiftly tried by the court at Tozeur, he was sentenced to six months in prison for illegal entry into Tunisia.

The appeal hearing will take place on Tuesday, also in Tozeur. While waiting, Mahmudi has been transferred from prison at Gafsa in the south to the Mornaguia jail, 14km southeast of Tunis, for security reasons, a source in the ministry of justice said.

Mahmudi's arrest was the second in Tunisia of a senior Libyan official since the fall of the regime run by Colonel Gaddafi, who has been on the run since Libyan rebels took the capital Tripoli on August 23.

On September 07, Major Khuildi Hamidi, one of Gaddafi’s fellow travellers, was arrested at the Tunis-Carthage international airport while he was preparing to board a flight for Casablanca, in Morocco.

Hamidi, who participated in the Libyan coup d'etat of 1969 and long headed the military intelligence services in his country, was also tried for illegal entry into Tunisia, but was acquitted. The acquittal was upheld on appeal last Thursday.

Read more on:    muammar gaddafi  |  libya  |  libya protests  |  north africa  |  uprisings

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The Leo moon adds an element of drama and entertainment. A significant person that you may consult or confide in may play more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.