Tunisian interim President Foued Mebazaa confirmed yesterday that he will not sign a decree to extradite Baghdadi Mahmoudi, the former Libyan prime minister, in fear that he would be subject to torture.
The new Libyan regime had demanded the extradition of Baghdadi Mahmoudi on charges of financial corruption throughout the era of Colonel Mu’ammar el Gaddafi, and following allegations of raping Libyan women during the February 17th revolution that brought down the Libyan regime.
The Libyan judiciary ruled in two individual decisions on the 8th and 25th of this November for the extradition of Baghdadi Mahmoudi back to Libya.
Local and international human rights organizations opposed Mahmoudi’s extradition and campaigned to appeal to the interim President, Foued Mebazaa, against his extradition to the Libyan justiciary, citing the risk Mahmoudi may face in Libya by those seeking revenge.
Members of Mahmoudi’s legal defense team feared that the Tunisian tripartite coalition’s candidate for the presidency, Moncef Marzouki, would extradite Mahmoudi to the Libyan authorities. Mahmoudi’s legal defense is waiting for Marzouki to assume his position so that they can send him an appeal against Mahmoudi’s extradition.