Tunisian judiciary begins investigation into extradition of Baghdadi Mahmudi to Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Sat 22 Jan 2022, 02:00 PM
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The Tunisian judiciary has begun an investigation into the extradition of Baghdadi Mahmudi, the last prime minister during the Gaddafi era, to Libya.

The Court of First Instance in Tunis began thes investigation after permission of the Minister of Justice, Leila Jaffal, according to the Tunisia's Mosaique network.

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki spoke to Aljazeera in 2017, saying Mahmudi was handed over to the government of Libya without his knowledge.

Marzouki described it as “a stab at his honor and the honor of the Tunisian Republic. I was refusing to hand over Mahmudi because international law forbids handing over a political refugee to a country where the death penalty is imposed... especially in the absence of guarantees, an independent state, a fair and independent judiciary”.

He also described the extradition process as “very despicable, as the government (headed by Hamadi Jebali) deliberately handed over Baghdadi while I was in southern Tunisia, in contravention of all international and humanitarian standards and traditions.”

Marzouki noted that he issued a statement criticizing the extradition of Mahmudi and the transgression of his authorities.

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