Tunis court nod to extradition of Libyan ex-PM
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 00:11
  
Tunis: A Tunis appeals court on Tuesday approved a request by the new Libyan authorities for the extradition of their former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, the court's clerk said.

The court "approved the extradition request" made by the new Libyan authorities for the extradition of Mahmudi, despite concerns expressed by rights groups and Mahmudi himself over his safety.

During the hearing, dozens of Libyans rallied outside the courthouse demanding the extradition of the man they called the "third tyrant of Libya" after fallen strongman Muammar Gaddafi and his son Seif al-Islam.

"The Libyan people have the right to apply the law to those who robbed the people," one banner read.

Defence lawyer Mabrouk Kourchid argued at the hearing that his team had not had time to review documents newly added to the case because of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha that ended yesterday.

However a Tunisian judge refused to postpone the extradition hearing, with Mahmudi's team complaining that he had given no explanation for his decision.

"We are very disappointed by the judge's stance, which presages nothing good about his intentions," Kourchid said. Last week he said that his client fears for his life as the sole holder of Libyan state secrets since Gaddafi's death on October 20.

Mahmudi, 70, was prime minister until the final days of the Gaddafi regime. He was arrested on September 21 on Tunisia's southwestern border with Algeria.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 00:11


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