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Libya frees political prisoners
Libya has released 130   political prisoners, including 85 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, from a Tripoli prison, reports say.         The Brotherhood detainees were freed under an amnesty from   the government, the BBC said.         Human rights groups had been calling for
Friday, March 3,2006 00:00
by (UPI)

Libya has released 130  
political prisoners, including 85 members of the outlawed Muslim
Brotherhood, from a Tripoli prison, reports say.
        The Brotherhood detainees were freed under an amnesty from  
the government, the BBC said.
        Human rights groups had been calling for their release for  
years after they were arrested in the 1990s for supporting a
political party.
        The Brotherhood members were five months into a supreme  
court appeal against their guilty verdicts when the amnesty came.
        Most of them were professionals and students when they were  
tried by the People’s Court, which was abolished last year.

 


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