Libya Promises Payouts Over Wrongful Imprisonment

Libya’s government announced it will pay compensation to some people it had wrongfully imprisoned, the latest step in an effort to draw a line under a history of human rights abuses.

The categories of ex-prisoner who will be eligible for compensation payments include people who were detained without trial and prisoners who were convicted but later acquitted, the Justice Ministry said in a statement on its Internet site.

A campaigner with Human Rights Watch welcomed the announcement of compensation but said nearly 300 people are still being wrongfully held in a prison run by Libya’s internal security agency and should be released immediately.

The Justice Ministry statement gave no details on which former inmates would receive the compensation, how many were eligible or how much money they would get.

But Oea, an influential newspaper with ties to a reformist son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, reported that the prisoners to receive compensation were ex-members of militant organization the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

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