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Germany expels five Libyan diplomats

The Local · 13 Apr 2011, 14:20

Published: 13 Apr 2011 14:20 GMT+02:00

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"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.

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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.

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Your comments about this article

20:03 April 13, 2011 by wood artist
Sad. but given the history and nature of the regime, hardly surprising. I think Germany did the right thing here.

20:30 April 13, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Goes to show, anybody can be 'touched', anywhere. and, I'd bet Libya aren't the only one making 'House Calls'.
13:50 April 14, 2011 by fatherknowsbest
Why stop with just the "diplomats"?
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