By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 8 December 2016:
The top Libyan Airlines’ executive kidnapped in October was released yesterday in Tripoli but details of his seizure and freedom have not yet been given, with a planned press conference today not taking place.
Captain Fathi Al-Shatti, a long-standing chairman of the airline, was abducted 48 days ago. Shatti, who had also once been in charge of Tripoli’s now destroyed international airport, is reported to have escaped an earlier kidnap attempt in January when one of his attackers was shot dead.
There has been no indication of why Shatti was grabbed nor whether a ransom or some other commitment was made to bring about his release. It is not thought that the security forces were involved in an operation to secure his freedom.
Libyan Airlines has been at odds with its staff who have mounted several albeit brief strikes. The management has also been involved in a bitter two-year power struggle over who should chief executive.