Tunisian FM promises to track missing journalists' case in Libya

Tunisian FM promises to track missing journalists' case in Libya

December 02, 2015 - 08:33
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Tunisia will hand over the two kidnapped Tunisian journalists’ case in the international judiciary agencies, Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche has disclosed.

Baccouche said, in his speech in the Tunisian parliament Sunday, that the Tunisian authorities has specified the place and date of the abduction, yet this information is only part of the truth in this case.

“We are currently exerting sincere efforts to be able to identify the second kidnapping party, as we have now identified the first one.” Explained Baccouche, pointing that the two Tunisian journalists were being taken to more than one place inside Libya.

FM Baccouche reaffirmed that once new solid information comes in hand, the authorities will be able to identify the second kidnapping party, which would help reveal the whole truth.

The Tunisian journalists, Sufian Al-Shwarbi and Nadeer Al-Katari, were abducted on September 3, 2014 near the eastern city of Ajdabia and then released days ahead to get kidnapped again and disappear on September 8, 2014.

Seven months after their abduction, Tobruk government announced that the two journalists had been murdered by IS. The Tunisian authorities cast doubt on the announcement and sent a team of investigators to the eastern region to make sure of Tobruk government claims.

Unconfirmed reports say that the two were abducted by pro-Khalifa Haftar militants on charges of espionage.

Early this year, the father of one of the Tunisian journalists accused Khalifa Haftar or Ibrahim Jodran, a militiaman controlling the oil crescent, of being behind the kidnapping of his son and his colleague.

The Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists also accused Khalifa Haftar of kidnapping the two journalists, identifying one of the kidnappers, appeared in a picture with the two journalists, as Abu Buker Al-Ajnaf, a senior field commander in Khalifa Haftar’s forces. 

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