Jordan to sign Libya deal to secure ambassador release

Earlier this month, Jordanian ambassador in Libya Fawaz al-Aitan and two of his companions were abducted by unidentified gunmen in Libyan capital Tripoli.

Jordan to sign Libya deal to secure ambassador release

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Jordanian government expressed readiness to sign an extradition deal with its Libyan counterpart in hopes it would pave the way for the release of the kingdom's ambassador kidnapped by rebels in the North African country earlier this month, Libya's state news agency reported Tuesday.

"The Jordanian government has accepted our request to begin working on a prisoner exchange agreement," Sahar Banoun, head of the Libyan Justice Ministry's committee for Libyan prisoners abroad, was quoted by the agency as saying.

Earlier this month, Jordanian ambassador in Libya Fawaz al-Aitan and two of his companions were abducted by unidentified gunmen in Libyan capital Tripoli.

The abduction came shortly after Jordanian authorities announced the arrest of a number of Libyan "extremists" in the kingdom.

Banoum said that Jordan expressed readiness to reduce prison sentence against a Libyan prisoner in Jordan, identified only as al-Darsi, and to allow his transfer to Libya to serve the rest of his term there.

The report gave no further details on the deal or the relation between al-Darsi and the kidnapping of the ambassador.

Al-Aitan's kidnapping was the latest in a string of attacks targeting foreign diplomats in Libya, which has been suffering political and security instability since the overthrow of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

No group has claimed responsibility for the al-Aitan's abduction. However, a high-level Jordanian government official told AA earlier that rebel groups were likely behind the abduction.

Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2014, 15:36
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