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EU appeals for the release of fishermen held in Libya

BRUSSELS – The European Union on Friday appealed for the Libyan authorities in the east of the country to “immediately release the Italian fishermen detained since September without any legal procedure being initiated,” according to a statement by the European Council.

12 Italian fishermen, part of a crew including six Tunisians, were detained on 1 September by naval patrols of the Libyan National Army (LNA), who accused them of fishing in territorial waters, and brought them to Benghazi where they have been held ever since.

Italy’s ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi stated last October that the fishermen are “fine” and that they regularly receive medical care.

Italy’s ambassador: Italian fishermen detained in Libya are fine

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