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Britons 'to be quizzed as spies'

Two British journalists have been handed over to Libyan state intelligence, according to the commander of a militia which had been holding them.

Tripoli militia commander Faraj al-Swehli said the two journalists are suspected of espionage. He said they were found with classified documents and pictures.

The pictures showed "secret sites," and the documents included a detailed database of the mercenaries believed to have been hired by then-ruler Muammar Gaddafi to crush the armed uprising against him.

Al-Swehli said he handed them to the Libyan intelligence for further interrogation.

The journalists were identified as reporter Nicholas Davies and cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson. They were detained at the end of February. They were working for an Iranian TV network.


From Belfast Telegraph