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Tripoli evacuee ship arrives in Malta

There were also three Italian private security contractors who had been held captive in a Tripoli jail for a month before being freed by rebels. Their background and the circumstances of their imprisonment remained unclear

AgenceFrance Presse  August 29, 2011

VALLETTA – A boat carrying dozens of evacuees from Tripoli arrived in Malta on Monday with passengers including a girlfriend of one of Muamar Gaddafi’s sons and four Italian journalists kidnapped last week.

The Malta-chartered boat had been unable to land in Tripoli last Sunday because of gunfights raging in the city but succeeded on its second attempt later in the week and loaded up around 50 foreign nationals escaping the city.

The trip from Tripoli to Malta took around 36 hours and exhausted passengers said it had been “a disaster” due to the strong winds and rough seas.

“We’re very happy to be here,” said one man, who gave a thumbs-up sign.

Among those on board was Dutch model Talitha van Zon — a former girlfriend of one of Gaddafi’s sons, Muttasim, according to a British newspaper report.

Van Zon told the Sunday Telegraph in an interview that the rebels who captured her had threatened to burn her alive and she escaped by jumping from a hotel balcony, breaking an arm. She declined to speak to journalists in Malta.

Four Italian journalists — two from Corriere della Sera, one from La Stampa and one from Catholic newspaper Avvenire — were also on board. The four were kidnapped for 24 hours last week and their driver was shot, apparently by Gaddafi loyalists.

There were also three Italian private security contractors who had been held captive in a Tripoli jail for a month before being freed by rebels. Their background and the circumstances of their imprisonment remained unclear

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August 29, 2011 - Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, Journalists, Libya, Private Security Contractor | , ,

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