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Tunisian court tosses out suit vs. ex-Libya PM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's state news agency says an appeals court has dismissed a criminal lawsuit filed by authorities against the former Libyan prime minister for allegedly crossing into the country illegally.

The defense said Tuesday that the suit against Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi was unfounded because the prime minister's diplomatic passport already had the necessary official stamps.

Al-Mahmoudi fled Libya after rebels overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi and was arrested in September in Tunisia while heading for Algeria. He was sentenced to six months in prison.

He is currently facing two extradition requests from Libya, pending the approval of Tunisia's president.

His lawyers and international human rights organizations have said his life would be threatened if he returned to Libya.

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