By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 10 June 2015:
An Italian doctor, Ignazio Scaravilli, kidnapped last January, has been freed and is in good . . .[restrict]condition, according to the Italian Foreign Ministry. His freedom is said to have been secured with the assistance of the Tripoli-based “Government of National Salvation”. As of late last night, however, he was still in the Libyan capital.
The Italian edition of the Huffington Post has reported that the 68-year old retired orthopaedic specialist from Catania who had gone to Libya to work as a voluntary surgeon in Tripoli, had been freed a week ago but was being used by the Tripoli regime as a bargain counter to obtain recognition from Italy.
News of Scaravilli’s abduction has been withheld ever since he was seized on 6 January in the hope of negotiating his release. There are no details of who held him or where, although it is alleged that he was taken by Ansar Al-Sharia. It is also reported that he was freed after police raided the place where he was held prisoner and then transferred to the capital – which suggest that it was somewhere in west of the country. [/restrict]