By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 4 September 2013:
Anoud Senussi was not kidnapped on Monday, a Sebah Congressman claimed this evening, but was . . .[restrict]taken by an SSC unit, anxious that she was not being properly protected.
Congressman Abdul Hadi Ahmed Ashrief told the Libya Herald that the 20-year old was taken from a three-vehicle Judicial Police convoy by men from the First Special Unit of the SSC, for her own protection.
It was thought, said Ashrief, that that a group, which he did not name, would seek to grab her on the way to the airport, her original destination. From there she had been due the fly to Sebha. However Ashrief explained, she was taken instead by the SSC unit to “a very safe place” in Tripoli, where she has been kept ever since.
Ashrief said that he had visited Anoud at her Tripoli location and she had told him that she was very happy and had been well-treated, both while she was in prison and in the hands of the SSC unit.
The congressman said that she would not be travelling to Sebha, but “within two days”would be going to either Mauritania or Egypt, where she would be joining her mother. He added that in Tripoli she was currently with two aunts and a sister.
Ashrief did not reveal when his visit had taken place and said that there were no pictures of the encounter, because Anoud had said that she did not wish to be photographed. However a shot of the congressman with Anoud has since appeared on Facebook.
The threats made by members of the Magarha tribe to which Anoud belongs, to cut completely the flow of water from the western branch of the Man-Made River to western Libya, were made, said Ashrief, because the tribesmen did not understand that she had not been kidnapped.
“They didn’t know she had been taken by good people, ” he explained, “ that’s why they were protesting and about to cut the water”.
With additional reporting from Elabed Elraqubi