Tripoli, 23 January:
A group of Libyan judges, led by Chief Justice Kamal Bashir Al-Dahan, is on a goodwill visit to Pakistan.
The delegation, which includes three judges and a registrar from the Supreme Court of Libya, was invited by the Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court, Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan.
“They are on a goodwill visit,” Ayaz Hussain, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Tripoli, confirmed to the Libya Herald.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, welcomed the delegation as “valued friends” at the Supreme Court in Islamabad. “It is an honour to receive such a high level judicial delegation in the Supreme Court,” he said. “Such exchange of visits of delegations is a good tradition which enables us to share the experiences of each other and to understand the judicial system of both countries.”
Judges from the Supreme Court of Libya on the five-day trip are Saleh Abouzid, Ramadan Beleil and Nureddine Al-Akrami. They are accompanied by court registrar Fuad Mohamed Salem. They are due to return on 25 January.
The Libyan delegation accepted an invitation to take part in Pakistan’s international judicial conference in April. Dahan, however, may have left his post by then, since the Justice and Judicial Affairs Committee of the General National Congress met last week to discuss the appointment of a new Chief Justice. [/restrict]