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Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad released

Guardian correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was released after two weeks of being held without charges

Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad has been released two weeks after being arrested and detained without charge by the Libyan authorities.

He was arrested in the coastal town of Sabratha, near Zawiyah, on 2 March with a Brazilian journalist who was released last week. Their arrests came as the Libyan authorities made strenuous efforts to stop any media coverage of the nearby, then rebel-held, town of Zawiyah which came under heavy attack from Gaddafi forces as it was retaken.

Three BBC journalists were arrested last Monday outside Zawiyah and held for 21 hours at various military compounds by Gaddafi security forces. They were savagely beaten and subject to mock executions.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said: "We are delighted that Ghaith has been released and is safely out of Libya. We are grateful to all those who worked behind the scenes to help free him after his ordeal."

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