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Detained journalists from Iran's press TV handed to Libyan government

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 15 March 2012
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March 15, 2012

A commander of a Libyan militia that detained two British journalists said in March 15 that the pair had been handed over to Libyan intelligence.

Misurata Brigade militia commander Faraj al-Swehli accused the two – both employees of Iran's state-controlled Press TV – of being spies.

He said reporter Nicholas Davis and cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson were found with classified documents and photographs that made them appear to be trained soldiers.

Al-Swehli said Press TV had not contacted his militia since the two were detained on February 22.

Libya's government has said it was looking into their case to determine if the men would face charges for entering Libya illegally.

A former British ambassador to Libya, Sir Richard Dalton, says the two appeared to be legitimate journalists.

With reporting by AP

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