The head of a Libyan militia holding two British journalists captive has accused them of spying on government facilities and of entering the country illegally.
Farah Swehli who commands the Misrata-based Saraya Swehli militia said late yesterday in announcing the allegations that his men must protect the country because the government is unable.
Nicholas Davies-Jones, Gareth Montgomery-Johnson and their Libyan driver were captured in the capital Tripoli on February 21. They were freelancers with the Iranian state-owned Press TV.
Human Rights Watch says its staff were denied access to them last month, despite authorisation from the Libyan Interior Ministry.
Libya's new leaders are struggling to rebuild the nation's security force and reign in militias following last year's civil war.