By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 30 January 2016:
Misratan member of the House of Representatives Mohamed Raied was released this afternoon after being kidnapped in Tobruk on Wednesday.
Raied, one the original HoR boycotters, had gone to the town to take part in the key debate on the Libyan Political Agreement and the proposed Serraj government.
On his release today, the Misratan politician was pictured shaking hands with members of the Dabashi family who had detained him but who, he said, had treated him well. In the group was fellow HoR member Nureddin Abdulhamid from Tobruk, who is understood to have played an important part in the release negotiations.
Raied himself, talking to Libya HD TV ,said that he had been well-treated, had eaten with the Dabashi family and been treated as a guest.
Unspoken during the hand-shaking with the family was that Raied had been an enforced guest. Before they would let him go, the Dabashis were demanding the release of two of their family members held since 2014 in Misrata. In the event this has not happened.
Raied himself said that he understood fully the family’s concerns about their relatives but added that the timing of the incident had been very unfortunate since it would be exploited by those who were against the Libyan Political Agreement.
The Dabashis had complained that they had not been able to visit their two family members since their drugs-related arrest.
Raied said that he backed the idea that the two men be transferred to a prison closer to Tobruk so family members could go and see them. [/restrict]