By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 24 February 2014:
The Qatari Embassy in Tripoli has denied that six men arrested at Benghazi’s Benina Airport with . . .[restrict]forged Libyan passports are Qatari nationals.
Qatari diplomat, Nasser Mubarak, told the Libya Herald that there were currently no Qatari citizens in Libya other than diplomatic staff. He declined to comment on a video, circulating on social media, showing passport control personnel interviewing the men.
A number of them had pronounced Gulf accents.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the Minister of Culture, Habib Al-Amin, said the investigation into the identity of the men, arrested two days ago, was ongoing. He added that a person’s nationality could not be definitively proven by an individual’s accent alone.
The Qatari news agency QNA has also rebutted reports that the six were from Qatar.
They were arrested on Saturday while trying to board a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul.