Newspaper: Irish police rescue female national held unwillingly in Libya

The British newspaper, The Sunday Times, revealed the success of the Irish Police National Negotiations Unit, in cooperation with the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in securing the release of an Irish woman who had been held against her will in Libya for 18 months.

The newspaper added that last February, trained negotiators from the National Police Negotiations Unit under the Operations Command in Dublin were able to repatriate an Irish citizen of Libyan descent who had been detained against her will by members of her family, after they were suspected of planning a forced marriage.

It pointed out that the girl returned to Dublin on the 1st April with the help of consular staff from the Irish embassy in Spain, saying that the police launched a criminal investigation into the issue of the woman with the aim of prosecuting those involved, and that police sources confirmed that such investigations have legal complications, and are rarely successful.

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