Tripoli, 22 May:
The head of investment at the social security department in Tripoli was released late last night in Misrata after . . .[restrict]having been abducted in Tripoli three days earlier. It claimed that Namik Ali Hassan-Beck was seized and held by the Ousoud Al-Wadi (Valley Lions) Brigade, from Misrata, who accused him of having been connected to the Qaddafi regime.
A cousin, Mohammed Hassan-Beck, confirmed to Libya Herald that Namik had returned home last night. “He’s safe,” he said.
A close friend of Hassan-Beck, Hatem Shneiba, announced on Facebook earlier this evening that the Misrata Supreme Security Committee had also confirmed the release. He said that the brigade had arrested him in Zanata in Tripoli, then taken him to Misrata, charging him with being a member of the old regime. During his incarceration, according to Shneiba, Hassan Beck was ordered to write down details of others said to belong to the former regime.
Seized with Hassan-Beck was said to be a friend, a pilot who was named simply as Ali. There is no news as to his whereabouts.
Shortly after the two men’s disappearance, a source from the Interior Ministry, who did not want to be named, claimed that the Supreme Security Committee were tracking the kidnappers. He suggested that counter-revolutionary forces were responsible.
Hassan-Beck’s family, however, are said to be deeply upset with the both the ministry and the SSC over their lack of response to the kidnapping. [/restrict]