Istanbul – Spain's foreign minister said here Wednesday that a Spanish photojournalist being held in Libya for more than a month is unharmed and she trusted that he would be released "as soon as possible."
Trinidad Jimenez explained that the efforts of the Foreign Ministry had resulted in a Spanish diplomat being able to meet with Manu Brabo on Monday and determine that the photographer "is well."
"From the first moment when Manu Brabo was detained, we've been making diplomatic efforts to bring about his release as soon as possible. Every day we've been making efforts and, as a result, he was able to telephone his parents to tell them how he was," Jimenez told Efe in Istanbul.
"The latest efforts also have been fruitful, because they enabled the charge d'affaires (of the Spanish Embassy in Libya), who is (in) Tripoli basically to undertake the (diplomatic) efforts, to speak with him," she added.
Manuel Varela de Seijas Brabo was detained almost six weeks ago by troops of Moammar Gadhafi along with four other journalists when they were traveling in an automobile near the eastern Libyan city of Brega.
The Gadhafi regime kept Brabo in prison after accusing him of having entered the country without a visa to cover the rebels' armed uprising.
"The justification that the Libyan government is giving us is that he entered the country without permission," said Jimenez, who is in Istanbul to attend a meeting of the Council of Europe.