Libyan authorities release 21 Egyptians, 39 to be freed after finalizing papers
Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian Foreign Minister - AFP/Khaled Desoki

CAIRO: 21 detained Egyptians were released by Libyan authorities, while 39 others are waiting for their papers to be finalized before being released, Ambassador Badr Abdel Aty, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told to The Cairo Post Saturday.

60 Egyptians had been arrested in Libya on March 14.

“Investigations revealed that 39 of the detained Egyptians’ documents were not fully legal and their passports were handed over to a representative of the Egyptian Embassy to continue the legal procedures,” MENA quoted a Libyan security source as saying on Saturday.

According to an official press release issued on by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Friday, Libyan authorities had arrested a number of immigrants to check their documents and ensure they had valid residency permits, in light of the current security situation in Libya.

“Until legal documents are complete, they are allowed to stay in Libya,” the source added to MENA.

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