By Olfa Andolsi.
Tunis, 24 June 2017:
Nearly 100 prisoners held in Tripoli and Misrata have been freed to mark this year’s Eid Al-Fitr which starts this evening.
Ten militants captured by the Abu Sleem Central Security Force in last month’s fighting were freed last night in what the force said was a gesture to celebrate Eid and which would, it hoped, promote reconciliation.
Also yesterday, 47 military and civilian prisoners were released from Siket military prison in Misrata. Seventeen were from Tawergha and had been held for some six years. They were handed over to Abdul Rahman Al-Shakshak, head of the Tawergha council-in-exile.
Among the others freed, 12 are from Tripoli and the rest from elsewhere in the country.
A further 35 prisoners have been allowed home to celebrate Eid but are due to return afterwards.
Earlier this week, the public prosecutor in Misrata freed another 29 prisoners, mostly Tawerghans. Some had finished their prison sentence, it was reported, while others who had been held had been found not guilty of charges levelled against them.