Kozhikode, July 6: Regi Joseph, an Indian national, who was abducted in March in Libya this year was released informed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday. He was abducted in Libya and was released after continous efforts by the country to bring him back to his home country.
Sushma Swaraj confirmed the release reports through twitter. She tweeted that Indian Embassy in Libya had secured the release of Regi Joseph, an Indian national from Kerala. She also further praised India's ambassador to Libya saying that the release was possible only due to the efforts of Azar AH Khan, India's ambassador to Libya.
Regi Joseph, 43, of Koorachundu in Kozhikode district, was reportedly abducted by an anti-government group from his workplace at Souk-al-Jumaa near Libya's capital Tripoli on March 31. He worked as an infrastructure engineer in Al Diwan Company, implementing a key project to create a national citizen database in Libya. Regi had been staying in Tripoli with his wife Shinuja, a nurse at the Tripoli-based TMC Hospital, for the last two years. They have three daughters. The last contact Joseph had with Shinuja was on March 31 through an SMS, saying he would be delayed returning home.
Earlier, Sushma Swaraj had said that the government was doing its best to release Indians from Nigerian abductors and that the 11 Indians who were jailed in Nigeria have been released. There was also a similar case where two people Anish Sharma from Karnataka and Mangipudi Sai Srinivas from Andhara Pradesh were kidnapped at a traffic signal. She assured that matter will be seen at an urgent pace.