Kidnapped Libya Olympic chief released

2012-07-22 17:41

Tripoli - The brother of the president of the Libyan Olympic Committee says the sports official has been freed a week after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Salah al-Alam said committee chief Ahmed Nabil al-Taher al-Alam returned home unharmed on Sunday. He said it was not clear why his brother was abducted or on what conditions his abductors let him go. Al-Alam was handed over to security officials late on Saturday before returning home.

The abduction comes amid a wave of score-settling between rivals in Libya's eight-month civil war that ended with the capture and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in October.

Al-Alam served as head of the Libyan Football Association under Gaddafi. He is known to have been friends with Gaddafi's son, Mohammed, who was al-Alam's predecessor as Olympic Committee president.