Some 14,000 prisoners who escaped from detention centers across Libya after the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Qaddafi are still on the run, the Libyan interior minister said Monday.
“No fewer than 14,000 former prisoners who were serving sentences including capital punishment and life are still totally free after fleeing from prison,” Mohammad al-Cheikh was quoted as saying by the official news agency Lana.
“This situation is one of Libya’s problems.”
Cheikh told ministry officials the interior and justice ministries were “working together to get them back to prison so they can serve out their sentences”.
The official was speaking less than three weeks after more than 1,200 detainees escaped from a prison in the eastern city of Benghazi during riots.
Since the fall of the regime of longtime dictator Qaddafi, Libya’s authorities have face the struggle of reestablishing law and order in the country, as well as establishing a reinforced police force and army.