Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues Internet giants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users pay tribute to South Korea ferry victims

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after deadly clash

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

Africa

Tunisia demands fair trial guarantees for Libya's ex-PM

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-01-02

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (pictured), demanded guarantees on Monday on his first state visit to Libya that the country's ex-premier Baghdadi al-Mahmudi will get a fair trial and not be harmed physically as conditions for handing him over.

AFP - Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Monday demanded guarantees that Libya's ex-premier Baghdadi al-Mahmudi will get a fair trial and not be harmed physically as conditions for handing him over.

"We will demand all guarantees for a fair trial and that there will be no physical harm" to Mahmudi, said Marzouki at a joint press conference with Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil when asked when Tunisia will hand over slain strongman Moamer Kadhafi's premier.

"We have our values that we stand for. So we ask for your patience," he added.

Mahmudi is currently incarcerated in Mornaguia, near Tunis, and Amnesty International has urged Tunisia not to extradite him, saying he risks being subjected to "serious human rights violations."

His defence team says that he fears for his life if he is returned to Libya as he is the sole holder of Libyan state secrets since Kadhafi was killed on October 20.

Tunisian courts have twice approved the Libyan request to extradite Mahmudi, who has been battling against it on the grounds that he has formally applied for refugee status in Tunisia.

But his extradition can only takes place if Marzouki approves it.

The 70-year-old Mahmudi, prime minister until the final days of Kadhafi's regime, was arrested on September 21 on Tunisia's southwestern border with Algeria and jailed for entering the country illegally.

According to his defence team, his extradition is not possible until the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees rules on his application for political refugee status in Tunisia.

Mahmudi's extradition request concerns charges of inciting rape in the town of Zuwarah in northwestern Libya during the anti-Kadhafi revolution, according to his defence team.

Earlier Monday, Marzouki who is on his first state visit abroad since being sworn in as head of state in mid-December, told a meeting of civil society groups in Tripoli that Libya had the right to judge the former premier.

"As is our right to demand the extradition of (ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine) Ben Ali to try him for crimes he committed, you also have the right to ask for the extradition of Mahmudi," he said.

Ben Ali was toppled last January in a popular uprising triggered by the self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor.

His ouster triggered the Arab Spring movement which has seen the fall of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak and the killing of Kadhafi, while also paving the way for the removal of Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh and rocking the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Marzouki told reporters that the purpose of his visit was to ensure that Tunisian-Libyan cooperation was on track.

He said the two countries had agreed to respect agreements signed under the ousted regimes of Kadhafi and Ben Ali.

"These agreements signed between the Kadhafi regime and Ben Ali were not executed," he said, adding that healthy integration of the two nations was the long-term objective.

Abdel Jalil said there were 50 such agreements signed and "only some were executed."

Meanwhile, Abdel Jalil who heads Libya's ruling National Transitional Council, apologised for skirmishes along the border with Tunisia, saying they were the result of actions by individuals.

Tunisian paramilitary police clashed overnight with a Libyan armed group, the TAP news agency said on Monday.

And on Saturday, a dozen armed Libyans kidnapped four Tunisian gendarmes at the border. Three managed to escape, leaving behind one -- named as Walid Othmani -- with their patrol car and their weapons.

Othmani, who sustained bullet wounds at the hands of the kidnappers, was freed on Sunday by self-proclaimed "Libyan revolutionaries."

The Ras Jdir border crossing between the two countries was closed for a few weeks last month until it was reopened on December 22.

The post was closed after Tunisian customs officials stopped reporting for duty at the post from November 30, following a string of incidents and infiltrations by armed Libyans.

Tunisia provided refuge to tens of thousands of Libyan civilians who fled the months of fighting that led to the collapse of Kadhafi's regime.

Date created : 2012-01-02

  • TUNISIA

    Tunisia's first democratically elected government sworn in

    Read more

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE

    Women's rights 'guaranteed' says Tunisian PM

    Read more

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE

    ‘Extremism is not acceptable’, says Tunisia’s new president

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)