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General News | May 10, 2004

Seventy-one deportees arrive from Tripoli

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Accra, May 10. GNA- Seventy-one Ghanaians resident in Libyan were on Monday deported to Ghana in a Libyan chartered aircraft. The deportees all males in ages, ranging between 20 to 35 years, have been kept in Libyan cells for about seven months before being brought back.

They were all given 80,000 cedis each by National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to be used as transport fare to their various places of abode.

Some of the deportees told newsmen that they were arrested while attempting to cross over to Europe by boat while others were arrested in Tripoli

They said they got to Libya by road through the desert and although it was a dangerous journey they risked, for greener pastures. They said they would not advise any person to undertake such a "hazardous mission".

Isaac Takyi, 23, a mason said they were tortured in detention and vowed not to go to Libya again.

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