Libyan court relaxes group of workers arrested for alleged indecency

The court issued the order for relseasing detainees. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Libya’s Benghazi court on Sunday released a group of coffee shop workers arrested by security forces Thursday over “committing acts of indecency,” local media reported.

According to Alwasat news site, the court released all the workers after acquitted them of all charges, and also granted permission for the coffee shop to reopen.

Libyan security forces on Thursday stormed the coffee shop in the eastern city of Benghazi where dozens of women gathered and arrested the workers, accusing them of “committing acts of indecency.”

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday called for immediate release the detainees and protection of women’s right to assemble in public spaces.

“This is a dangerous indicator of the degradation of individual freedoms,” the mission said in a statement.

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