Tunisia postpones Al-Mahmoudi trial
A Tozeur court on Tuesday (January 10th) postponed the appeal trial of former Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi until February 14th, Tunisia Live reported. The trial was set to begin Tuesday, but defence attorneys asked the Tunisian court to allow them more time to prepare.
Al-Mahmoudi, Libya's prime minister until the final days of the Kadhafi regime, was arrested September 21st in Tamaghza while attempting to cross into Algeria. In November, a Tunisian court ruled in favour of the request by Libyan authorities to extradite the former Kadhafi official.
On January 7th, fifteen Tunisian and international human rights groups issued a joint statement condemning the Al-Mahmoudi extradition. The activists claimed that returning Kadhafi's prime minister to Libya for trial would expose him to risk of torture or extrajudicial execution in violation of international agreements signed by Tunisia.
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