Note of protest given to Libya – Russia
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has given a note of protest to Libya’s Interim Charge d’Affaires Fatima Mamluk over the verdict handed down to the Russian citizens Alexander Shadrov and Vladimir Dolgov, and also to some Ukrainian and Belarusian citizens.
It says that the court ruling delivered on June 4th is unjustifiably strict, unjust and causing puzzlement. Fatima Mamluk promised to immediately inform her leadership of the address made by the Russian side.
Shadrov whom the Libyan authorities regard as the “leader of the criminal group” has been sentenced to imprisonment for life, while the other convicts – to 10 years of hard labour. 2 Russians, 19 Ukrainians and 3 Belarusians were detained by the Libyan Interim National Council.
They were accused of collaborating with the forces of the ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The convicts plead not guilty, saying that they arrived in Libya to work in its oil sector.
Russia indignant over Libyan sentences
Russia will take decisive measures, including the use of political leverage, in view of the verdict that the Libyan court handed down on Monday, June 4th, regarding the citizens of the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Belarus, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told the RIA Novosti news agency.
The Russian citizen who is accused of coordinating the actions of a whole group has been sentenced to imprisonment for life, while the other convicts – to 10 years of hard labour. The foreign ministries of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have voiced their indignation over the verdict, saying that they would press for the release of their citizens. 2 Russian citizens, 19 Ukrainian citizens and 3 Belarusian citizens were detained by the Libyan Interim National Council in autumn last year for cooperating with Gaddafi’s forces.
The convicts plead not guilty, saying that they went to Libya to work in its oil industry.
Jun 5, 2012