By Libya Herald reporter.
Misrata, 28 August 2017:
Ninety-nine former officers and soldiers of the Qaddafi regime who were imprisoned after the revolution were freed today in Misrata in a parole gesture to mark Eid.
Many had been sentenced for up to 10 years in jail and were held held in the military prison in south Misrata’s Al-Sikt district. The early release was ordered last week by the Misrata district military prosecutor on the grounds of good behaviour and that they had served two-thirds of their time.
The prisoners, from across the country, were freed at a ceremony attended by elders and officials from their own communities including municipal representatives, as well as members of their own families. Also attending were Misrata Mayor Mohamed Eshtewi and municipal councillors as well as the head of Misrata Council of Elders, Ibrahim Ben Ghashir.
Around 150 more Qaddafi soldiers are still being held in prison in Misrata. Their sentences are longer and, according to officials, are therefore not yet eligible for parole.