Libya drops Gathafi-era travel bans, arrest orders

Ashour Shwayel

TRIPOLI - Libya has dropped arrest warrants and travel bans slapped by the toppled regime of Moamer Gathafi against the slain dictator's opponents, an interior ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.
"All arrest warrants and travel bans issued by the former regime against Gathafi's opponents have been lifted," Mejdi al-Orfi said.
Interior Minister Ashour Shwayel took the decision in response to difficulties encountered by ex-regime opponents when traveling abroad on official missions, he said.
A large numbers of former dissidents hold senior positions within the new government and national assembly, which was elected in July, less than a year after a NATO-backed revolt ousted Gathafi.
Many of them have faced problems when travelling to other countries, particularly those that had security agreements with the former regime.