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'Tunisia to extradite former Gaddafi PM'

Tunisia will extradite former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi.

Former Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al Mahmoudi (L) and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor before their meeting in Ljubljana on May 6, 2010. Picture: AFP
Al Baghdadi Ali Al Mahmoudi,Noureddine Bouheiri
World

TUNIS - Tunisia will extradite former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's prime minister to Libya and the handover could take place in "days or weeks", Tunisia's Justice Minister Noureddine Bouheiri said on Tuesday.

A Tunisian court dropped charges of illegally entering the country against Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi in February, but he has remained in jail since last year, pending a decision on his extradition to Libya.

"The government has decided to hand over Al-Mahmoudi and all that remains is the completion of some organisational issues," Bouheiri told Reuters in an interview.

"This could be within days or weeks or perhaps longer... Our Libyan brothers have pledged to respect Al-Mahmoudi physically and emotionally and to give him a fair trial," he said.

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