Eleven former Qaddafi military officials have been released from Ain Zara prison where they had been detained for the past four months. Confirming the release, a spokesman for the prison, Lieutenant-Colonel Ahmed Abukraa, said that Thursday’s release had been ordered by the Attorney-General’s office.
Officials working with the Attorney-General have been interrogating a number of former regime fighters detained at the prison. In the case of the 11, who have not been named, Abukraa said that it was decided that they had not been involved in any bloodshed or any other crimes.
This move, he said, showed that the prosecution service and the courts were now back in action, adding that a swift and speedy questioning of prisoners was taking place in order to ascertain whether or not individuals should be sent for trial.
Abukraa said that the prison administration, after the recent take-over from revolutionary fighters, “aims to start a new mechanism to run all institutions of reform and rehabilitation through which detainees are dealt with according to international human rights standards. The past few days witnessed the start of open visits between inmates and their families. It is the first time it has happened since the liberation of Libya.”
He explained that prisoners were now able to meet and sit with relatives in the lounge areas after the latter have been rigorously searched. Relatives were forbidden to bring any items with them, he added.
Prison guards were now working in a professional way and providing protection for the inmates.
Ain Zara prison was handed over the Justice Ministry at the beginning of February.
Source: Libya Herald