Pro-government forces on October 24, 2012 after seizing control of Bani Walid, one of the last Kadhafi bastions
Libyan pro-government forces on October 24, 2012 after seizing control of Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of Moamer Kadhafi's ousted regime. Libya has dropped arrest warrants and travel bans against the slain dictator's opponents. © Mahmud Turkia - AFP/File
Pro-government forces on October 24, 2012 after seizing control of Bani Walid, one of the last Kadhafi bastions
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Last updated: January 2, 2013

Libya lifts Kadhafi-era travel bans and arrest orders

Libya has dropped arrest warrants and travel bans slapped by the toppled regime of Moamer Kadhafi against the slain dictator's opponents, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

"All arrest warrants and travel bans issued by the former regime against Kadhafi's opponents have been lifted," Mejdi al-Orfi said.

Interior Minister Ashour Shwayel took the decision in response to difficulties encountered by ex-regime opponents when traveling abroad on official missions, he said.

A large numbers of former dissidents hold senior positions within the new government and national assembly, which was elected in July, less than a year after a NATO-backed revolt ousted Kadhafi.

Many of them have faced problems when travelling to other countries, particularly those that had security agreements with the former regime.

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