September 21, 2021

Amnesty International launch campaign to free kidnapped Libyan Professor

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Uncertainty continues to cloud the whereabouts of University professor and father of four, Dr Salem Mohamed Beitelmal, who was kidnapped on 20th April 2017, by local militias on the outskirts of Tripoli.

AmnestyAmnesty International (AI) urges the Libyan authorities to ascertain and disclose the fate and whereabouts of Dr. Salem Mohamed Beitelmal and ensure his safety and to immediately secure his release.

No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction and the family is still seeking to identify which militia is holding him. Dr Salem Beitelmal, who is 68 years old, suffers from

AI says Dr Salem Beitelmal, who is 68 years old, suffers from pre-existing health condition and requires continued medication. His family is concerned for his health and security.

A close family member told Amnesty International: “Our concern is for his health and safety. We call on all parties to act immediately and place all necessary pressure to ensure his quick and safe return to his family.”

proffesorOn the morning of 20 April, Dr Beitelmal, an engineering professor at the Department of Maritime Engineering, was driving to the University of Tripoli, a 20-minute drive from his house, when he was abducted.

At around 10 am, the neighbours found his abandoned car and phone in a street not far from his home in Siyyad area, on the outskirts of Tripoli. The neighbours searched the car and the surroundings but could not find any trace of him and called the family to inform them that Dr Salem Beitelmal had gone missing.

The area where the abduction took place is under the control of several militias. Some of these militias operate nominally under the authority of the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defence of the UN recognised Government of National Accord. Other militias are seemingly affiliated to either of the three factions struggling to gain power in the country.

Following the abduction of Dr Salem Beitelmal, his family has tried relentlessly to identify his whereabouts by contacting the relevant authorities on the ground. However, all these attempts were unsuccessful.

 

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