Libya says hundreds return from exile

Aug. 20, 2005 at 9:39 AM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Libya said Saturday that 787 Libyans in exile have returned to their country this year following a decision to resolve their problems with the regime.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the national leader's son who heads the Gadhafi Charity Institute, said despite the delay in the official measures to ease the return of Libyan exiles, his organization alone managed to "resolve the problems of 304 people and repatriating them."

The leader's son also called on releasing all Muslim Brotherhood prisoners "after the change in the circumstances that pushed them to work underground" in the past.

Gadhafi said his organization has appealed verdicts against the prisoners, adding its members were also involved in dialogue with prisoners who have refused to renounce violence "in an attempt to merge them in society."

He added the government was working on returning the property of Libyans seized in the past years and called for compensating those who were "harmed by previous measures."

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