Libyan deputy industry minister shot dead

January 13, 2014 - 4:53:54 am

Hassan Al Droui

TRIPOLI: Assailants gunned down a Libyan deputy minister overnight, officials said yesterday, in the first killing of a government member since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Deputy industry minister Hassan Al Droui was shot dead during a to his hometown of Sirte, east of Tripoli, which was also Gaddafi’s hometown, security and hospital officials said.

And in another sign of the instability plaguing the country, the toll from tribal clashes in the southern town of Sebha rose to 27 dead, with another 72 people wounded in the unrest.

“Hassan Al Droui, the deputy minister for industry, was killed by unknown attackers overnight, during a visit to his native city of Sirte,” a security official said.

“Unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on. Droui in central Sirte,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Former Shin Bet chief leaves Denmark over arrest threat

Tel Aviv: Former Director of the Israel’s Shin Bet Security Service Carmi Gillon left Denmark in a hurry Saturday after a complaint was filed against him with Danish police by a pro-Palestinian organisation, presumably alleging his involvement with torture, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. Gillon, the domestic security service’s chief in the mid 1990s, was invited to the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival for a screening of the documentary “The Gatekeepers” – in which he appears along with five other former heads of the Shin Bet – and delivered a lecture following the screening, Haaretz said.

However, after Gillon’s arrival in Denmark last week, the Israel Embassy in Copenhagen learned that extreme left-wing activists had filed a complaint against him with the police, the Israeli daily said, adding the Israeli ambassador contacted local authorities to try to determine whether Gillon was in danger of being arrested.

Gillon himself was also apprised of the situation and decided to move up his departure from Copenhagen.

Meanwhile, the Danish prosecutor’s office rejected the complaint outright due to lack of evidence of Gillon’s involvement in torture.Agencies

    

 

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