The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine considers sentencing Ukrainian citizens, who worked to repair military equipment for the ex-leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi, to ten years of imprisonment to be too harsh as a punishment, the FM spokesman Oleh Voloshyn told a briefing.

Foreign Ministry believes the sentence for nineteen Ukrainian citizens in Libya "does not meet the actual body of the actions of the Ukrainians in Libya."

Voloshyn said that these Ukrainian citizens were really involved in the repairing the military equipment, but they were not directly involved into military actions, they did not shoot at anyone, they were not involved into the death or injury of Libyan citizens.

He said that today the Foreign Ministry has informed the Ambassador of Libya in Ukraine of such position. "We hope that all their rights (rights of the Ukrainian citizens - ed.) to medical assistance and decent attitude will be ensured,” the minister said.

As a reminder, in the beginning of 2011, the armed units of the National Transitional Council of Libya detained more than 20 citizens of Ukraine on suspicion of military aiding to Gaddafi.

The FM of Ukraine stated the detained were the citizens of Ukraine, the engineers working in a Libyan oil company on a contract basis.  

On June 4, the military court in Tripoli sentenced 19 citizens of Ukraine to 10 years of imprisonment for aiding the ex-Leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi.


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