By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 19 November 2013:
The Iraqi embassy in Tripoli is understood to have been closed and all staff and . . .[restrict]dependents moved to Tunis. Guards at the building in Gurji Road, next to the Tripoli International School, told the Libya Herald that the embassy and consulate would be shut for five days.
The evacuation is understood to be related to the execution of Adel Zuwai, a Libya convicted of the killing of Iraqi citizens. News of the hanging, which took place in Baghdad on 7 November, only broke today. Zuwai’s family is particularly upset because they have been given no opportunity to reclaim his body.
The building showed no sign of activity today, though a huge new Iraqi flag continues the fly above the entrance.
Attempts to contact embassy staff by phone were unsuccessful, nor could a Libyan foreign ministry spokesman be reached this afternoon for confirmation.
With contributions from Ahmed Elumami, Muhammad Elosta and Khaled Jebril