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Libya - Aug 20, 2011 - 17:07

Last modified: 20 Aug 2011 14:07
Libya's former number two, Abdessalem Jalloud, left for Italy via Tunisia on Saturday, a senior Tunisian government official told the AFP news agency.

Jalloud, who was a former prime minister ostracised from Muammar Gaddafi's regime, had earlier been reported to have fled to rebel-held territory.

He took "a plane for Italy from Djerba airport at 3:40 am (0240 GMT)", an airport official on the resort island told AFP.

The government official said "Jalloud left Djerba airport for Italy at dawn on a Maltese plane with his family".

He could not say how many people boarded the flight.

In the Italian capital, Maurizio Massari, the foreign ministry spokesman, would not confirm or deny the report. 

"We are verifying this information," he said.