Libya’s Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan was on Thursday abducted by armed men and was held at the country’s interior ministry. Findings revealed that he was seized at dawn by ex-rebels working for the interior ministry. The group claimed to have abducted the Prime Minister on the orders of the “prosecutor” under the Libyan Penal code. More than 100 men stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli where Zeidan was abducted.
The office of Libya’s General-Prosecutor has however denied issuing any order to arrest Zeidan.
The Libyan government had issued a statement earlier that “the head of the transitional government, Ali Zeidan was taken to an unknown destination for unknown reasons by a group of men believed to be former rebels.”
He was eventually freed after spending some hours with his abductors. The group is believed to be part of those who were angered by the American invasion of Libya to arrest an Al Qaeda suspect, Anas al-Liby.