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Tunisia to extradite former Libyan PM

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Tunis: Tunisian government has agreed to extradite former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi, Xinhua reported.

According to Tunisian Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri, the country's authorities have received guarantees from Libyan government that the former Libyan prime minister will receive a fair trial in his native country.

Mahmoudi, who is awaiting his extradition in the Mornaguia prison near Tunis, could be extradited "within days, weeks or maybe longer" pending procedural issues, a Tunisian radio quoted Bhiri as saying Tuesday.

The ex-Libyan prime minister, charged in November 2011 with crossing the border illegally, was later acquitted of the charge. During the same month, a Tunisian court agreed to extradite him. Since then, the former Libyan official remained in jail pending the government decision to extradite him.

IANS

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