Canadian suspected as U.S. oil spy leaves Libya: report

15:38, September 24, 2010      

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A Canadian national who was prevented from leaving Libya since mid-September over suspicions of industrial espionage for the United States has left the country, a Libyan newspaper reported Thursday.

Douglas Oriali, who also holds Australian and Irish citizenship, left Libya on Wednesday afternoon, Oea newspaper reported on its website, adding that the Canadian had not been jailed but his passport had been confiscated.

The paper reported earlier that Oriali was arrested in mid- September at Tripoli airport before he was due to leave the country.

Oriali, who entered the country as an archaeologist, was accused of allegedly meeting with a U.S. diplomat suspected of being an intelligent agent and trying to gather information with the aim of causing a drilling project by Britain's BP off Libya's coasts to fail, the paper said.

Oea said the Oriali gave the Libyan authorities information on his Internet banking details and e-mails. His cell phone and laptop were also confiscated.

Source: Xinhua


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