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Russians tried in Libya for helping Gaddafi during and before the conflict

Friday - Apr 06, 2012, 12:58pm (GMT+5.5)
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Russians tried in Libya for helping Gaddafi during and before the conflict A trial started in Tripoli, where Russian, Ukrainian and Byelorussian citizens are accused of aiding and abetting Muamar Gaddafi regime.

They are tried by Tripoli court-martial. Citizens of ex-Soviet republics were imprisoned last August by rebels during the battle for Tripoli. 27 people were captured then, among them 22 Ukrainians, three Byelorussians and two Russians.

Officially this trial was acknowledged only by Ukrainian Foreign ministry. Its spokesman told that 20 Ukrainians who worked in Libyain oil and gas industry are accused of repairing Gaddafi's combat machines. They are all men, the only woman, Olga Shadrova was sent home.

"This is the first court session, after the second we will understand what are they facing". He said Ukraine is in talks with Libyan foreign ministry, revolutionary brigades and authorities since August, they manage to provide the interpreter and the lawyer for the accused and make the trial public.

Belorussian embassy spokesman Andrei Savinykh told he cannot neither confirm nor disprove the information on Byelorussians who are being tried in Tripoli. "But I can assure you, our citizens never took part in any military operations in Libya, it's a groundless insinuation,"- he said.

Russian foreign ministry couldn't give any information on the beginning of trial in Libyan capital. Russian embassy in Libya doesn't comment. "We don't have any information,"- they said. source in diplomatic sources confirmed Russian and Belorussian citizens stand before Libyan trial as well as the Ukrainians.

Earlier, March 11 Foreign ministry plenipotentiary on human rights, democracy and right supremacy Konstantin Dolgov talked about two Russians held captive in Libya.

"Now two Russian citizens are illegally held in Libyan custody. We consider this situation inacceptable, it must be resolved with constructive participation of Libyan authorities,"- the diplomat said.

Dolgov said that in the end of August in the west of Tripoli the warriors of rebel brigade Al Kakaa detained Vladimir Dolgov and Alexandr Shadrov to investigate if they repaired and modernized tanks for Gaddafi troops. There was no official accusations.

By Sergei Smirnov


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