Four ‘Christian missionaries’ arrested in Libya

Libyan authorities have arrested four foreign nationals in the eastern city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries. The arrests come as Libya celebrates two years since the start of the revolution that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

One of the alleged missionaries held dual Swedish-US citizenship, Swedish authorities have confirmed. The others detained were from South Africa, Egypt and South Korea.

The arrested foreigners were reportedly interrogated before being handed over to Libyan intelligence authorities. They are currently being held in ‘Preventative Security’ – a parallel security body created during the 2011 war made up of several rebel brigades that fought in the conflict. With the general power vacuum in the region, it is unclear what charges the alleged missionaries would face if found guilty of evangelizing.

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