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ICC Staffers In Libya Released


Saif al-Islam Qaddafi after his capture, in the custody of revolutionary fighters in Obari, in November 2011
Libya has freed four International Criminal Court (ICC) officials detained since June for visiting Muammar Qaddafi's captured son, Saif al-Islam.

The release came after court President Sang-hyun Song of South Korea apologized for the "difficulties" that had arisen from their mission.

The staffers, Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor and Lebanese-born interpreter Helene Assaf, were detained in early June in the town of Zintan and accused of smuggling documents and hidden recording devices to Muammar Qaddafi's captured son, Saif al-Islam.

Two male court staffers who were travelling with Taylor and Assaf stayed with them during their detention.

They are due to leave for Europe on July 2 on a flight arranged by Italy, the Italian ambassador said.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP