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Libyan Police Maltreat and Arrest Israeli National at Airport

An Israeli citizen has been beaten and arrested by Libyan policemen at the Castel Benito airfield, it was revealed here today.

The Israeli citizen, Huato Kalchon, migrated to Israel from Libya two years ago. He returned there recently for business reasons and was preparing to fly to Tel Aviv when the Libyan police learned that he carried an Israeli passport. They descended upon the Israeli minutes before his plane was scheduled to leave, beat him and dragged him off to a police station, causing him to miss his plane.

It was reported here that several members of the Libyan Government were present at the airfield when the incident occurred, but did not interfere.

According to a Foreign Office source here, Libyan law forbids the re-entry of any person who migrated to Israel and this may have been the reason for Kalchon’s arrest.