there hinting at them of being zionist isralie spys.Here the sister of one of the Brits calls for their release
Two British journalists detained in
Libya are suspected of spying, the militia that is holding them says.
Faraj al-Swehli, commander of a Misrata brigade, said the men had entered
Libya illegally and were carrying "incriminating evidence".
He said the activities of reporter Nicholas Davies, 37, and cameraman Gareth
Montgomery-Johnson, 36, from Carmarthen, were being investigated.
The men had been working for Iran's English-language TV station Press TV.
Rights groups have called for their release.
The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse in Tripoli says that at a hastily convened press
conference in the capital, reporters were shown video footage of what was
purported to be the two journalists test-firing weapons.
Members of the militia also produced a field dressing that they said they had
found in the journalists' possession.
It was of a type, they said, used by the Israeli military.
Mr Swehli told reporters that he believed the two men were spies and that he
and his men were conducting their own investigation into the matter.
"After we have finished the investigation we are going to transfer them to
the state authorities to pursue the legal process against them," he said,
according to Reuters.
Mr Swehli said the two men were being well treated.
Mr Davies, who works under the name Nick Jones, and Mr Montgomery-Johnson
were detained on 21 February, apparently while filming late at night on the
streets of Tripoli.
The initial accusation against them was that their immigration documents were
not in order.
The Libyan Prime Minister's office and the interior ministry told the BBC
that they knew nothing of the allegations of spying.
All efforts by the interim government and the British embassy to persuade the
militia to release the journalists into official custody have so far met with
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Location: Tripoli, Tarabulus, Libya (load item map)
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