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Last Ghaddafi PM freed in Libya for 'health reasons'

AFP , Saturday 20 Jul 2019
Former Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi sits behind bars during the trial of Gaddafi-era figures at a courtroom in Tripoli, Libya, on April 20, 2015.
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Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Libya's last prime minister under ousted dictator Muammar Ghaddafi, has been released from jail for health reasons four years after being sentenced to death, Tripoli's justice ministry said Saturday.

Mahmoudi, in his 70s, was premier when a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled and killed Ghaddafi.

He was handed the death sentence in July 2014 along with eight other Ghaddafi-era officials including the leader's son Seif al-Islam, over their alleged role in a bloody crackdown on protesters.

The justice ministry said Mahmoudi was released "for health reasons" at the recommendation of a medical commission "so that he could be treated at specialised medical centres".

It gave no further details on the nature of his illness or when he was liberated.

Mahmoudi was arrested in September 2011 as he tried to flee across the border to Tunisia, and was extradited to Libya the following year.

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