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Australia secures Libya's assurance that detained aid worker may leave

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 October, 2012, 4:43am

Australia said it had secured free passage from Libya for an aid worker stopped from leaving the country, reportedly over a sexual assault investigation involving a Libyan official.

Australian national Alexandra Bean, an employee of the International Organisation for Migration, had her passport confiscated and was blocked from leaving Libya after having been questioned by police.

According to her family, Bean had refused to sign a statement in Arabic after her police interview, reportedly linked to a sexual assault investigation involving a senior health official.

Bean has been described as a witness in the case and Australian officials have stressed that she has done nothing wrong.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr earlier urged Libya to allow her to leave the country and said diplomats had been able to secure permission from the Libyan government for her to depart.

Australia's foreign office said British consular staff had helped in negotiations.

An Australian lawyer working for the International Criminal Court was detained in Libya for three weeks this year after visiting a son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in the town of Zintan, southwest of Tripoli.

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