Abductors free daughter of Libya's ex-spy chief

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm •  Published: September 8, 2013
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The daughter of Libya's ex-spy chief under dictator Moammar Gadhafi was released by her abductors after her tribe cut off the capital's water supply, officials said Sunday.

Commander Haitham el-Tajouri of the militia that kidnapped Anoud el-Senoussi said that she was handed over to her tribe in southern Libya late Saturday after the country's prime minister negotiated her release.

El-Tajouri's militia is part of the Supreme Security Committee, which is comprised of militias that work with police and are paid to help with security by the Interior Ministry. The 21 year old's abduction highlighted the government's inability to control even its own paid forces.

Prime Minister Ali Zidan has struggled to reign in a combustible mix of tribal feuds, disgruntled tribes and renegade militias. The country's nascent police and army have been unable to secure the country and rely on help from former rebels who fought in the 2011 civil war that toppled Gadfhafi. The armed militias born out of the war often act above the law and have taken part in a string of abductions, often seeking revenge.

Amnesty International said last week that el-Senoussi's abduction "casts a shadow on the Libyan authorities' ability to ensure the safety" of around 8,000 detainees held in relation to the 2011 war.

The rights group said masked men armed with heavy weapons attacked a three-car judicial convoy carrying her Monday and that no one was reported injured.

Amnesty said the judicial police have been significantly weakened because of the war and that hundreds of officers have failed to report back to work since. It added that around 10,000 former members of armed brigades that fought against Gadhafi are being courted by the Interior Ministry to beef up policing, but "lack the necessary training and experience to handle detainees," Amnesty said.

The militia claimed in a statement online that it had abducted el-Senoussi to protect her from criminal gangs amid a security vacuum in the North African country.

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