Neck of the woods
“A Libyan delegation is in Baghdad to negotiate the release of countrymen detained in Iraqi prisons, senior officials said on Thursday, adding that eight prisoners have been pardoned. “We will receive some of the (Libyan) prisoners that are in Iraq,” Justice Minister Hmeida Ashur told AFP. “The order for the release of eight prisoners in Iraq was signed yesterday and they will be transferred to Libya in the next couple of days,” he added, without elaborating. He was speaking during a visit to a freshly built courthouse and prison complex in the suburb of Tajura, east of Tripoli, which the interim authorities say reflect broader efforts to revive the judiciary and conduct fair trials. Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil had said on Wednesday that negotiations were under way with Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to secure the handover of Libyan prisoners there. On Thursday, the head of the Libyan delegation to Baghdad, Suleiman Fortia, said that there are “about 20 Libyan prisoners” being held in Iraq’s penitentiary system……………”
Several Arab countries have sent their Wahhabi Salafi youth to Iraq to join al-Qaeda and mainly to kill Shi’as. Initially I had thought these Salafi terrorists mostly came for Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states and Jordan, but there seem to be many of them from Libya, among other places. There apparently are many now in Syria as well and possibly in northern Lebanon.
The “new” Libya, liberated by NATO bombs and GCC money, seems to be stuck in the old Qaddafi mode of exporting terrorists and weapons and trouble to other lands. Once these terrorists are caught, the Libyan regime seeks to get them released, perhaps so that they can go to Syria and fight with al-Qaeda against the al-Assad regime. Once these terrorists are killed and their souls sent to hell, the new Libyan regime seeks to repatriate their bodies, which makes a lot of political sense now that armed Islamists hold sway over the new democratic Libya.
If I were in charge of Iraq (not that anybody is fully in charge in Iraq) I would insist that they be tried according to the laws of the land. After all, their al-Saud sources of ideology insist on trying suspected foreigners in their kangaroo courts and end up chopping their heads off. The Saudis even refuse to send their bodies back home to their families, and everybody is entitled to go home.