Mabrouk Korchid said the court ruled to free him from prison. Confirming the report, a judicial source said al-Mahmoudi was now a free man.
In an interview this month with Reuters conducted via his lawyer, Mahmoudi said he was not involved in repression during Gaddafi’s 42-year rule and wanted to cooperate with Libya‘s new interim government.
Al-Mahmoudi, Libyan prime minister from 2006, is the highest-ranking member of Gaddafi’s administration now in detention. During the civil war this year, he gave televised briefings defending Gaddafi and accusing NATO of deliberately killing civilians.
Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim died last week after falling into the hands of transitional government fighters, prompting human rights groups to raise questions about justice in Libya.
A court ordered Mahmoudi’s release in September after he was initially held for illegal entry, but he remained in detention because of the request by the post-Gaddafi authorities.