From the start of Libya’s uprising Muammar Gaddafi’s blamed al Qaeda linked Islamists. Now he claims to have proof.
Our correspondent in Tripoli was taken along with other foreign journalists to a prison where Libyan authorities presented a man who admitted being a member of an armed group with ties to al Qaeda.
Salah Aboaoba claimed he was granted political asylum in Britain and has been living in Manchester where he says he had been raising funds for his jihadist group. He allegedly came to Libya to fight against Gaddafi’s regime. Libyan authorities claim he was captured in fighting in and around Zawiyah.
The British Foreign Office is said to be investigating the case amid reports his family and friends know nothing about his whereabouts, his arrest or detention.
Our correspondent Riad Muasses said the parade of the prisoner was carefully orchestrated. But he added it raised more questions than it answered, such as why al Qaeda is allegedly present in Libya but appears to have had no role to play in the Tunisian or Egyptian revolutions.