Press TV reporters freed from Libya
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 19-03-2012
Two British journalists working for Iran’s Press TV have been released from detention in Libya after admitting entering the country illegally.
The two men, Gareth Montgomery-Johnson and Nicholas Davies-Jones, will be deported on Monday (19 March), according to the Libyan Interior Ministry.
They have been held captive since 22 February, after being captured without visas by the Misrata Brigade militia in the Libyan capital Tripoli. They were initially accused of spying, but no charges were brought.
Deputy Interior Minister Omar al-Khadrawi was quoted by the AFP agency as saying: “The interior ministry granted their release when it became obvious that no crime had been committed.
“They have expressed a desire to leave Libya.”
Montgomery-Johnson and Davies-Jones are now being cared for by British consular staff, and will be reunited with their families soon, according to the British Foreign Office.