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Libyan ex-PM Mahmudi will get fair trial: Abdel Jalil

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    Libya's former prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi will get a "fair trial" when he is extradited from Tunisia to face Libyan justice, interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told AFP on Thursday.

    "First of all we will ensure a secure place for him, then we will guarantee a fair trial, despite the acts he has perpetrated against the Libyan people," said Abdel Jalil, chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council.

    Similar assurances were offered in Tripoli by interim oil minister Ali Tarhuni, who told AFP that Mahmudi would be given a public trial.

    "Everything will be done to guarantee a fair trial," Tarhuni said, adding that no date had yet been set for the former premier's extradition.

    Human rights groups have expressed fears for Mahmudi's safety if he is sent back to Libya from Tunisian captivity after ousted Libyan tyrant Moamer Kadhafi was felled by a bullet to the head when captured by NTC fighters last month.

    Mahmudi, 70, was prime minister until the final days of the Kadhafi regime. He was arrested on September 21 on Tunisia's southwestern border with Algeria and jailed for illegal entry.

    A Tunisian appeals court this week gave the nod for his extradition to Libya.