The adopted son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Abdallha Moussa Mone Yousuf Mouammare Aboutminiyare Al Gaddafi, detained in Harare Central Prison as an illegal immigrant, refuses to be deported to his country.
The information was revealed by Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi Ziyambi when he appeared before the Parliamentary Thematic Commission on Human Rights chaired by Senator Oliver Mandishona Chidawu (Zanu PF), to discuss the conditions of detention and refugees.
Abdallha Moussa fled Libya in 2011 and fled to Zimbabwe in April 2014. Since then, he has been incarcerated in Harare Prison and is seeking asylum.
“In some cases, refugees and illegal immigrants refuse to be deported, like that of Gaddafi who, when he arrived in Zimbabwe, was expelled by Ethiopia. But when he arrived in Ethiopia, he refused to take a connecting flight to Libya and had to be brought back to Zimbabwe, “said the justice minister quoted by Newsday.
“He fled Libya because he said they were going to persecute him, but we were not able to offer him asylum immediately because his identity could not be verified because he said he was the adopted son of Gaddafi, “the minister told reporters.
“He has filed a lawsuit challenging his continued detention in Zimbabwe’s prisons because he is a prohibited immigrant, but he wants to apply for refugee status in Zimbabwe. We are now awaiting the court’s decision. Initially, her identity could not be established and it was not safe to grant asylum to an unidentified person, “he added.
Ziyambi said there are currently 190 illegal immigrants in the country awaiting deportation. He said they were not supposed to be housed in prisons, but that Zimbabwe did not have other safe facilities to house them pending deportation.
“They are not refugees, they are prohibited immigrants awaiting deportation and we have nowhere to place them except in prison. We do not have a budget for their maintenance. “
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