Two British journalists who were arrested last month by a Libyan militia group and accused of spying have been released and will leave the country on Monday, Libya's Interior Ministry has said.
Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, 36, and Nicholas Davies, 37, who work for Iran's state-owned Press TV, were arrested on 23 February by a Misrata militia based in Tripoli.
Their detention was a direct challenge to the authority of the country's government and prompted calls from Amnesty International for the Libyan government take custody of the journalists and hold the militia to account.
"They have been released and tomorrow they will leave the country," Abed al-Menemayad, head of the media and international cooperation office at the Interior Ministry, told Reuters.
"The British consul received them and the charges against them have been dropped."
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