September 26, 2011 / 5:16 PM / in 8 years

Former Libya PM to contest any extradition-lawyer

Sept 26 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi’s former prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi will contest any attempt by Libya’s new rulers to extradite him from neighbouring Tunisia, his lawyer told Reuters.

In the highest profile detention of a Gaddafi associate to date, a Tunisian court sentenced al-Mahmoudi to six months in jail last week on charges of illegally entering the country.

“I’m not afraid to appear before justice in Libya because I am sure I did not hurt the Libyan people, but I have to reject the Libyan authorities’ request because of the bad security conditions and a fear of reprisals,” his lawyer, Mabrouk Korchid, quoted al-Mahmoudi as saying.

Al-Mahmoudi, who was arrested in Tunisia on Wednesday near its border with Algeria, will appeal his six-month sentence on Tuesday. (Reporting By Tarek Amara; editing by Barry Malone and Robert Woodward)

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