Interim Government’s Ministry of Education Condemns Abduction of University Chancellor – Al Marsad

The Ministry of Education of the Libyan Interim Government condemned the abduction of the Chancellor of the University of Al-Zaytuna in Tarhouna, Dr. Abdul-Fattah Al-Malti and the General Registrar of the University, Mr. Ahmed Masoud. The two men were kidnapped on the Sirte-Al-Jufra highway and taken to an unknown location.

[Libya, 11 November 2019] – The Ministry of Education of the Interim Government said in a statement on Sunday that it was following with concern the kidnapping incident, considering it an abhorring and serious deviation from the common ethics and values of the Libyan society.

The Ministry held those behind the kidnapping crime responsible for the safety and wellbeing of Dr. Al-Malti and his colleague, urging all the competent authorities in Libya to end their ordeal. The Ministry of Education of the Interim Government called on the security services, trade unions, faculty members, tribal elders and civil society organizations to intervene urgently to ensure the safety of the lives of the abductees, work for their immediate release, and secure their safe return to their families.

The Chancellor of the University of Al-Zaytuna in Tarhouna, Dr. Abdul-Fattah Al-Malti, kidnapped by gunmen on Friday night.

The statement also called on the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, to intervene and release them. Moreover, the statement also called on international human rights organizations and media outlets to exert their best efforts in this direction.

The official statement by the Ministry of Education of the Libyan Interim Government

Dr. Al-Malti and Mr. Masoud were kidnapped while travelling on Saturday to the city of Benghazi on a working visit to follow up on some procedures related to the university with the Ministry of Education of the Libyan Interim Government.

@ Al Marsad English (2019)