Libyan leader Kadhafi's close aide held in France: sources

1st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's protocol chief has been arrested in France at the request of Tripoli on suspicion of embezzlement, judicial sources said Wednesday.

Nuri Al-Mismari, a former close aide to the veteran Libyan leader, was presented to prosecutors in Versailles near Paris on Monday and was detained while French authorities examine Libya's extradition request, officials said.

Libya has 30 days to present supporting documents for its request that back up their accusations that Al-Mismari had embezzled state funds, they said.

A source close to the case said Al-Mismari, who was arrested Sunday in a Paris suburb where he was temporarily living, had fled to France to seek asylum.

© 2010 AFP

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