DHAKA: Libya’s former Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi has been extradited to Libya from Tunisia, where he had fled during the uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi last year.
The prime minister’s office in Tripoli confirmed the extradition to the BBC.
Mahmoudi, 70, had served as prime minister from March 2006 but fled Libya when Col Gaddafi’s forces lost control of Tripoli.
He was arrested in Tunisia in September for illegal entry.
Human rights groups had asked Tunisia not to extradite him, saying he could be subject to rights violations.
However, Tunisia’s president promised to hand over Mahmoudi if he were guaranteed a fair trial.
Mahmoudi was transferred by helicopter on Sunday, a Libyan security official told Reuters.
Agence France-Presse news agency quoted a Tunisian presidential source as saying the decision had been taken by the country’s government without consulting the presidency, suggesting the president had not signed an extradition decree, The BBC adds.
BDST: 2015 HRS, JUN 24, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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