Expelled Libyan ambassador leaves Zim

2011-09-02 13:24

Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry says the expelled Libyan ambassador has left the country by car, meeting a 72-hour deadline set for his departure.

Ministry official Joey Bimha says Ambassador Taher al-Megrahi informed Zimbabwe authorities that he planned to drive from Harare.

A Zimbabwean embassy staff member said Libyan diplomats left yesterday in a five-car convoy headed for neighbouring Botswana, a trip of about 480 kilometres.South African officials said the Libyans had been granted transit permits through the Johannesburg airport.

Libyan diplomats were ordered to leave after they swore allegiance to the rebel-led National Transitional Council in Libya that Zimbabwe did not recognise.

They are believed to be the first Libyan diplomats to be deported for defecting.

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