Trial of foreign journalists in Libya delayed indefinitely

Arab World Materials 17 May 2011 17:10 (UTC +04:00)

The trial of foreign journalists detained in Libya was delayed indefinitely on Tuesday, according to judicial sources in the Libyan capital Tripoli, DPA reported.

Three foreign journalists were expected to face a judge Tuesday, according to sources in Tripoli, but no further details were given as to why their trial was delayed.

Local journalists were told they would most probably be barred from attending the trial when it takes place.

Two Americans and one Spaniard were detained by Libyan authorities in eastern Libya in April.

Although it was expected that the three would face trial, Libyan officials stopped short of disclosing the names of the journalists due in court soon, saying only they were foreign nationals.

A South African national, who freelanced as a photojournalist, has been missing for nearly six weeks in Libya. Additionally, at least four Libyan journalists have gone missing since the uprising began three months ago.