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Demands for Libyan Parliament to seek release of footballers jailed in Italy

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – The families of four Libyan footballers jailed in Italy have called on the House of Representatives to work on their release or have them extradited back to Libya to finish their sentences home.

Alaa Faraj Al-Maghrabi, Abdul Rahman Abdel-Monsef, Tariq Juma Al-Amami and Mohamed Al-Seid from have been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a court in Italy after being convicted of human trafficking.

In a letter addressed to the Libyan parliament, the families of the jailed men said the allegations made against their sons are false, adding that they will appeal the verdict.

According to the families’ version of events, the four young footballers sought to travel to Europe in 2015 with the ambition of joining European football clubs. After being denied visas, they crossed the Mediterranean on a boat from Zuwara to Sicily where they were arrested by Italian authorities under charges of human trafficking.

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