Tripoli, 16 November, 2013:
Defence minister Abdullah Al-Thinni today went on television to deny that his kidnapped son had been released and . . .[restrict]to criticise those media which had carried reports that he had been freed.
Social media yesterday carried extensive reports that 26 year-old Muhammed Al-Thinni had been released during the fighting around Gharghour and taken to Mitiga. This morning however Hashim Bishr, the commander of the Tripoli Supreme Security Committee told the Libya Herald that the reports were entirely untrue.
The defence minister said that he wanted all media to be very careful when publishing information from social media. If this turned out to be wrong, he said “sometimes it makes the situation worse”. Muhammed Thinni, the minister’s only son, was abducted from his Hyundai motor car on 24 September, while in Janzour.