Germany expels five Libyan diplomats

Author thumbnail
Germany expels five Libyan diplomats
An pro-Qaddafi demonstrator outside the Libyan embassy. Photo: DPA

The German foreign ministry said Wednesday that five Libyan diplomats were being expelled because of "pressure" being exerted on Libyans living in Germany.


"The foreign ministry today summoned the Libyan ambassador in Germany. He was informed that five Libyan diplomats have been expelled and have seven days to leave Germany," a statement said.

"The reason for the expulsion is pressure being exerted on Libyan citizens in Germany."

Expulsion is a rare and dramatic step. The Libyan Ambassador, Jamal Ali Omar al-Baraq, was also summoned, the Foreign Ministry stated.

Focus magazine reported this week that the diplomats had spied on dissidents living in Germany, and that federal police and the foreign and domestic intelligence services had discussed the case with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) believes the Libyan foreign intelligence service has long been spying on Libyan opposition groups in Germany. The Libyan service had recruited Libyan asylum-seekers with Islamist tendencies, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on its website.

The targets of the spies’ attention would generally acquiesce because they feared for the lives of family members still in Libya, the BfV reported in 2009.

AFP/The Local/djw


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also