TRIPOLI,Â Aug 13, 2013Â (AFP)
Some 14,000 prisoners who escaped fromÂ various Libyan detention centres after the 2011 uprising against MoamerÂ Kadhafi are still on the run, the interior minister saidÂ Monday.
Speaking less than three weeks after more than 1,200 detainees escapedÂ during riots from a prison in the eastern city of Benghazi, Mohamed al-CheikhÂ told ministry officials the interior and justice ministries were “workingÂ together to get them back to prison so they can serve out their sentences”.
“No fewer than 14,000 former prisoners who were serving sentences includingÂ capital punishment and life are still totally free after fleeing from prison,”Â said Cheikh.
“This situation is one of Libya’s problems,” the official news agency LanaÂ quoted him as saying.
Libya’s authorities have been struggling to reestablish law and order andÂ form a professional police and army since the fall of the regime of longtimeÂ dictator Kadhafi.
On August 1, in the latest in a string of incidents, 18 prisoners escapedÂ during an attack on a Libyan police vehicle taking them back to prison from aÂ courthouse in the capital.
The incident came less than a week after the Benghazi prison riot and jailÂ break.
In April, armed men attacked a convoy of prisoners near Tripoli, killing aÂ detainee and wounding others.
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