Last updated: 9 November, 2011

Tunis court rejects ex-Libyan PM’s release

A Tunisian appeals court on Wednesday rejected a request to free former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, a day after giving the nod to his extradition.

The Tunis appeals court “rejected the request we had made for his release,” Mahmudi’s lawyer Mabrouk Kourchid said, complaining that the defence had been given no explanation.

The court on Tuesday approved a request by Libya’s new authorities for Mahmudi to be extradited, despite concerns expressed by rights groups and Mahmudi himself over his safety.

Kourchid said last week that his client fears for his life as the sole holder of Libyan state secrets since ousted tyrant Moamer Kadhafi’s death on October 20.

Mahmudi, 70, was prime minister until the final days of the Kadhafi regime. He was arrested on September 21 on Tunisia’s southwestern border with Algeria and jailed for illegal entry.