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Libya's NTC promises fair trials for mercenary suspects

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Libya's NTC promises fair trials for mercenary suspects

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Fresh concerns have been raised over the plight of foreigners in Libya.

Around 5,000 people, mostly sub-Saharan Africans, are being held across Tripoli over suspicions they were hired mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi.

Some have now been released to the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, which has welcomed efforts being taken by the rebel leadership to address the issue.

Among those facing examination are a group of Ukrainians who have been accused of being snipers.

But one of those detained said his conscience is clear: “Our hearts are clean and our hands are clean.”

The National Transitional Council has called on fighters not to abuse prisoners and says those accused of crimes willl receive fair trials.