Freed reporter urges Libya to release colleague

Brazilian journalist Andrei Netto addresses reporters, during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris, Saturday March 12, 2011. Andrei Netto was released on Thursday after being held for several days by Libyan authorities. Libyan Ambassador Salem Omar Abdullah Al-Zubaidi said Netto was arrested because of mistakes he made in forms he filled out to enter Libya. Netto had been imprisoned with a correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad who is still in custody in Libya.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Brazilian journalist Andrei Netto addresses reporters, during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris, Saturday March 12, 2011. Andrei Netto was released on Thursday after being held for several days by Libyan authorities. Libyan Ambassador Salem Omar Abdullah Al-Zubaidi said Netto was arrested because of mistakes he made in forms he filled out to enter Libya. Netto had been imprisoned with a correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad who is still in custody in Libya.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) (Remy De La Mauviniere - AP)
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The Associated Press
Saturday, March 12, 2011; 12:10 PM

PARIS -- A Brazilian reporter who was freed from detention in Libya has urged Moammar Gadhafi's government to release a colleague from a British newspaper who is still held in the violence-wracked country.

Andrei Netto says he believes he was released after eight days because of "good ties" between Brazil and Libya. He fears for the fate of colleague Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi national working for The Guardian.

Netto spoke Saturday to The Associated Press after returning from Tripoli via Dubai to Paris, where he is based as a correspondent for Brazil's Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.

Netto, who was released Thursday, said he and Abdul-Ahad entered Libya through Tunisia and had filed news reports before being detained 10 days ago in the town of Sabratha.


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