Libya's Justice Minister protests 'indefinite' jails

Libya will hold up to 300 al Qaeda members in jail "indefinitely" after they have completed their prison terms, Gaddafi said.

Libya's Justice Minister protests 'indefinite' jails

Libya will hold up to 300 al Qaeda members in jail "indefinitely" after they have completed their prison terms to stop them staging fresh attacks, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Thursday.

Gaddafi told a gathering of his top legislative body, "it is a necessity to keep them in prison. They are very dangerous as they are ready to resume killing people in our streets here or travel to Algeria or Egypt or elsewhere to stage attacks."

It was not immediately clear if Gaddafi's comments in remarks, broadcast on state television and monitored in Rabat, are related with a government policy of seeking reconciliation with jailed leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

A Libyan civic activist involved closely in negotiations between jailed Islamists and the government said he believed that the reconciliation talks would continue, but that Gaddafi was making clear it would be on his terms.

"Gaddafi's tough tone is aimed as backing the government's stand that only Islamists who accept the government's line that no opposition to it will be tolerated, will be be freed from prison," said the activist, who did not want to be named.

The LIFG aimed at toppling Gaddafi in Libya in the 1990s.

Protest

At the General People's Congress (GPC) at his home-town of Sirte, Gaddafi made the comment on the prisoners after Justice Minister Mustapaha Abdeljalil had asked the Congress to accept his resignation.

He said he wanted to step down in protest at what he called the failure by the authorities to free detainees years after they had completed their prison sentences or been acquitted.

Gaddafi also told the minister that the congress was not the right place to discuss his resignation.



Reuters

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