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Official: 4 reporters held in Libya may be freed

Official: 4 reporters held in Libya may be freed

Four reporters held for the past few weeks by the Libyan government will face trial and likely be released, a Libyan spokesman said late Monday.
The identities of the reporters were not immediately available, but spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said they included at least two Americans and a Spaniard.
They will appear before a judge in an administrative court on Tuesday, Ibrahim said.
The spokesman said he did not believe the four would face a jail term. He said they were likely to be fined then be released.
"It's not a big deal. They should be fined a certain amount of money .... and then they should be released," he said.
He said the delay in releasing the four was caused by a NATO airstrike on Justice Ministry offices and the general chaos of the war.
Among the reporters missing in Libya and thought to be in government custody are James Foley, a photojournalist working for GlobalPost, a Boston-based news agency; Clare Morgana Gillis, who was covering the fighting for The Atlantic and USA Today, and Manu Brabo, a Spanish photojournalist was taken with them. They were captured April 5.
It was not clear that Ibrahim was referring to those four. He said a South African journalist reported to have been captured by Libyan forces has not been found.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:11 GMT+08:00