Boston-Based Journalist In Libya Could Soon Be Free

TRIPOLI (CBS/AP) — A Libyan government spokesman says four reporters detained since early April will be released Tuesday or Wednesday following an administrative hearing.

Spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the four already had faced a judge in an administrative court and were to be freed soon.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

Ibrahim gave their names as James Foley, who had been covering the conflict in Libya for the Boston-based news agency GlobalPost, and Claire Morgana Gillis, a freelance journalist who wrote for The Atlantic and USA Today.

He also named Manu Brabo, a Spanish journalist picked up with Foley and Gillis. The fourth was expected to be photojournalist Anton Hammerl, who has South African and Austrian citizenships.

Foley’s family is from Rochester, N.H. Gillis’ parents live in New Haven, Conn.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Foley’s mother Dianne told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday that the last six weeks have been “like a roller coaster.”

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