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
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.