More Defections

by Matthew Shaffer

Also from the Times:


A second high-level Libyan official was reported to have defected. The Guardian newspaper reported that a former energy minister, Omar Fathi bin Shatwan, had fled the embattled, rebel held city of Misurata on a small fishing boat on Friday but had been held incommunicado by the Maltese authorities until now.

Mr. Shatwan said that many more high-level officials would like to leave, but that they were afraid for the safety of their families and themselves. “Those whose families are outside Libya will flee if they get a chance,” he told the Guardian. “But many can’t leave, and all the families of ministers are under siege.”