Profiling doesn’t work any better in Libya than in New Jersey

Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, who were working for Iran’s English-language Press TV, were detained on Feb 22 by the Swehli brigade, one of the dozens of militias which last year helped force out Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Earlier this month, the Swehli militia said the Britons, initially detained for illegal entry into Libya, were suspected of spying. They were transferred to the custody of the government last week however.

Speaking on BBC 5Live following their release, Mr Montgomery-Johnson said: “We’re pleased to be back with our own families because they’ve been through a similar ordeal. While we were there we were given no information at all. Now we’re overwhelmed and thankful.”

They said five days after they had been taken, the militia had gone to their hotel to find footage and began looking through equipment and the archive material.

“My father, who’s a nurse, had given me some bandages in case we got into trouble. Some had Welsh written on and they thought this was Hebrew and we were Israeli spies,” he said…

This would be hilarious if these poor buggers hadn’t been in danger of losing their lives.

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