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Libya’s Attorney-General orders release of detained protesters in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – People detained in connection with late August protests in Tripoli will be released, said Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, the Head of the Investigations Depart of of the Attorney-General’s office.

In a statement on Saturday, Al-Sour said the protesters were arrested by the Tripoli police under the charge of inciting riots, but the Attorney-General’s investigation concluded the contrary.

Al-Sour revealed that the Attorney-General suspects that the protesters were tortured under police custody, adding that investigation is underway into suspect kidnapping and torture against the protesters.

Late August, hundreds of people took to the streets in Tripoli over the past week to protest against the corruption of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and deteriorating living conditions. Protesters were attacked by gunmen who opened fire on them on multiple incidents.

GNA’s Interior Ministry denied responsibility for shooting protesters and blamed “infiltrators” for the incident.

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