Libya lifts travel ban on former Gaddafi regime members

Ahram Online , Monday 22 Apr 2013

Those affiliated with former regime 'can now freely move in and out of country,' says spokesman for Libya's interior ministry

Spokesperson of the Libyan interior ministry Magdi El-Arfi (Photo: Ahram)


Libya has lifted its travel ban on former members of the Muammar Gaddafi regime, Al-Arabiya's news website reported on Monday.

"Libyan authorities will only arrest those who are wanted for criminal – not political – activities," Libyan Interior Ministry spokesman Magdi El-Arfi said. "Those associated with the former regime can now freely move in and out of the country."

In February 2011, popular protests erupted against Gaddafi's decades-long rule. Following attempts by Libyan security forces to suppress the protests, the uprising quickly turned into an armed insurgency.

In October 2011, Gaddafi himself was captured and killed while trying to flee his hometown of Sirte – the last major city to fall to NATO-backed rebels.

Three days after Gaddafi's death, Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) declared the country's "total liberation."

According to the NTC, more than 30,000 people were killed during the bloody nine-month conflict.

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