Indian IT engineer released after 4 months of abduction in Tripoli

Regi Joseph

Regi Joseph, an IT engineer who was abducted by gunmen in Libya in March has been freed, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has confirmed.

Swaraj said the release was made possible by the efforts of the Indian mission in Libya. More details including whether ransom was paid for his release is still unclear.

Joseph a native of Kerala’s Kozhikode was working with an infrastructure engineer in Al Diwan Company, implementing a key project to create a national citizen database when he was abducted from Libyan capital Tripoli along with three others.

He had worked in Libya for three years from 2005, and left when the strife began. Regi had returned to Libya in 2014 and 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

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