Fathi al-Jahmi, a top democratic activist in Libya, has passed away in Jordan. He was freed due to the efforts of Vice President Joe Biden, who deserves an applause for not sacrificing al-Jahmi like the previous administration did. His brother was interviewed by The Washington Times to discuss the circumstances of his release.
President Bush “promised me he would do something and he did nothing,” Mr. al-Jahmi said about his brother. “But [President] Obama, and particularly Vice President Biden, did pressure the Libyans to let my brother at the last second go to another country for medical treatment.
Al-Jahmi was arrested in 2002, then released on March 12, 2004, in large part due to Biden. He was then arrested two weeks later after calling Gadhafi a “dictator” and was held until May 5, when he was released to Jordan to receive some much-needed treatment. By then, it was too late and now Libyans, and the West, have lost a true hero and friend.