Libyan Interior Ministry denies involvement in disappearance of journalist

The Interior Minister of the UN-backed Libyan government on Monday denied involvement in the disappearance of the Libyan journalist Reda Fhelboom.

“The Interior Ministry followed up news in different media outlets regarding the disappearance of the journalist Reda Fhelboom from Milita International Airport as he returned from Tunisia. The Interior Ministry confirms that non of its security services has any links with his arrest,” the ministry said in a statement.

“After gathering information, it was revealed that the agency that has the person concerned is the Libyan Intelligence Service. The ministry demands the agency concerned to reveal the reasons for this unacceptable act, particularly in the current circumstances in the country,” the statement said.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday expressed concern over enforced disappearance of Fhelboom, demanding his release or referral to a judicial authority.

Fhelboom was arrested and detained at Mitiga airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Saturday night by an armed group following his arrival from neighboring Tunisia, the Mission revealed.