Tunisia court orders extradition of Libyan former prime minister

November 27, 2011

A Tunisia court has ordered the extradition of former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi Al Mahmoudi to Libya.

The decision by the Court of Appeals was announced one day after it refused a request by his lawyers to delay the extradition.

Mabrouk Karchid, the defense team coordinator, told Tunisia News Agency that he regretted the decision and that Mahmoudi did not turn up at the court to fight the extradition on Friday.

Karchid said that he submitted a plea to the Tunisian president not to return Mahmoudi, 70, to the Libyan authorities, adding that the former official should be given a secure place outside the prison until the final decision on his status.

Mahmoudi, the prime minister until the final days of the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was arrested on September 21 in Tamaghza, on Tunisia’s southwestern border with Algeria and jailed for illegal entry. The decision was overturned later, but the Tunisian authorities kept him in custody pending the decision on his extradition.

Earlier this month, Mahmoudi applied for political refugee status to try to avoid his extradition from Tunisia.

Libya had pledged to ensure Mahmoudi’s security if he is returned.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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