Brighton refugee held in Libyan prison

Posted On 24 Apr 2011 at 11:03 pm

A refugee from Brighton is being held in prison in Libya.

Munder Deghayes, 40, the younger brother of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Deghayes, was arrested in February shortly after the first protests against Colonel Muammar Gadaffi.

Omar Deghayes, 41, feared that his brother was dead as he went missing and the family heard no word about his safety.

But, according to The Sunday Times today (Sunday 24 April), he is being held at Ain Zara prison.

The news of his detention came not from the authorities but from another prisoner who passed on the information after being released.

Omar Deghayes, who was held for five years without charge at Guantanamo Bay, a US naval base in Cuba, said that his brother was not politically active.

Munder Deghayes fled to Britain with his brothers and other family members after their father died in a Libyan prison in 1980.

He was a lawyer and politician who opposed the Gadaffi regime.

The family settled in Saltdean and Omar and Munder Deghayes took British nationality.

Munder Deghayes returned to Libya in 1998, dividing his time between the capital, Tripoli, and his family in Brighton, with two of his three children having been born locally.

He is one of ten Britons who have either been detained or who have disappeared since the uprising against the Gadaffi regime.

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