Libyan ex-PM on hunger strike
22 May 2012, 08:38
Tunis - Libya's former prime minister Baghdadi
al-Mahmudi has begun a hunger strike to resist his possible extradition
from Tunisia for fear of being executed in his home country, his lawyer
said on Monday.
The action, which began on Saturday, comes after
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said he did not want Tunisia to be
a "refuge for those who threaten the security of Libya".
Mahmoudi's lawyer said his client's hunger strike was also in protest at Jebali's comments.
who has been detained in Tunisia since his arrest in September 2011, is
the subject of two extradition requests from the authorities in
Tripoli, and Tunisian authorities have said they would comply.
former interim President Fouad Mebazaa did not sign an extradition
decree, and his successor Moncef Marzouki has said he would not
authorise extradition until he was assured of a fair trial in Libya.
lawyers and human rights groups say he would be executed if he returns
to Libya, where a February 2011 uprising put an end to more than four
decades of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship.