Rafik Ghak, the lawyer for the leader of Ansar Sharia, Abu Iyadh, confirmed today in a statement to Tunisie Numérique the arrest of his client in Misrata, east of the Libyan capital .
The lawyer added that the Abu Iyadh folder is officially available to the judicial authorities .
Moreover, he said that the leader of the Islamist terrorist organization is the subject of three international arrest warrants and a further three mandates for official investigation against him by the Tunisian authorities.
Rafik Ghak stated that the arrest of Abu Iyadh is the result of a joint security operation between U.S. special forces and local authorities in Libya. He also ruled out the possibility of terrorist acts or protest by supporters of Abu Iyadh in retaliation for his arrest.
Article translated to English by Colin KilKelly
This article first appeared in French on Tunisie Numérique.