• Short Summary

    In Tunis, the trial of three Libyans accused of planning to kidnap or kill Tunisian Prime Minister Hedi Nouira began on Monday (19 April).

  • Description

    In Tunis, the trial of three Libyans accused of planning to kidnap or kill Tunisian Prime Minister Hedi Nouira began on Monday (19 April). One of the men has testified that the alleged plot was only "imaginary", and that his real purpose in going to Tunisia was to provoke a crisis between Tunis and Tripoli and to put the Libyan Government in difficulty.

    The man, Mohamed Ben Ali Nayel, is alleged to belong to a Libyan para-military organisation called Saika.

    The three have also been accused of plotting to Kidnap Tunisia's Foreign Minister, Habib Chatti.

    It has been stated in the Court that Nayel confessed during previous questioning that he was involved in a plot against the Prime Minister. But Libya has counter-claimed that a confession was signed after the man had been tortured by the Tunisians.

    The official Libyan news agency says the trial is being conducted before a "comedy court". Tunisia has withdrawn its ambassador from Libya in protest over the alleged plot. It is the third time that allegations of a similar nature have been made against Libya. Egypt and Italy have also alleged that armed men have been sent there by the Libyan ruler, Colonel Gaddafi, on assassination or kidnapping missions.

    The two other Libyans now on trial in Tunis are Mohamed Ben Abdelkader Nasser and Bechir Ahmed Mohamed Khalifa. The charges against them say they sought to endanger Tunisian state security in order to change the form of Government.

    SYNOPSIS: The trial has begun in Tunis of three Libyans accused of plotting to Kidnap or assassinate Tunisia's Prime Minister, Hedi Nouira.

    One of the three, Mohamed Ben Ali Nayel, has testified that the plot was only "imaginary", and that his real purpose in going to Tunisia was to provoke a crisis between that country and Libya and to put the Libyan Government in difficulty. The Tunisians claim that Nayel is a member of a Libyan para-military group called saika, and the trial judge has said that Nayel has confessed to the plot against Mr. Nouira.

    But Libya has counter-claimed that Nayel only made the confession after he was tortured by the Tunisians. According to Libya, the trial is being conducted before a "comedy court".

    It is the third time that allegations of a similar nature have been made against Libya. Egypt and Italy have also alleged that armed men have been sent to their countries by the Libyan ruler, Colonel Gaddafi, on assassination or kidnapping attempts.

    The two other Libyans on trial with Nayel are Mohamed Ben Abdelkader Nasr and Bechir Ahmed Mohamed Khalifa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAHSWND9NXWE6XYWM9EOS2GN5J
    Media URN:
    VLVAHSWND9NXWE6XYWM9EOS2GN5J
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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