Middle East

Jordan releases Libyan as ambassador still held

This undated photo released by the Jordanian state news agency PETRA shows Fawaz al-Etan, the Jordanian ambassador in Libya, during his oath when he was appointed to be the ambassador in Libya in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/PETRA)

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan has released a Libyan serving a life sentence for a plan to suicide bomb an airport as its ambassador to Libya remains held captive by gunmen there.

Lawyer Moussa al-Abdallat said that Libyan detainee Mohammed al-Darsi had been transferred to Libya on Friday. Al-Darsi was arrested and convicted in 2007 of trying to bomb Amman's Queen Alia International Airport.

Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sabah al-Rafei declined to discuss al-Darsi being released.

Gunmen abducted Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan from his vehicle in central Tripoli near the Jordanian Embassy on April 15.

Abductions have been rife in Libya since the country's 8-month civil war ended with Moammar Gadhafi's killing in October 2011. Diplomats and journalists have been among those targeted in the kidnappings.





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