Mother: Formerly jailed American to leave Libya

AP News
Posted: Oct 23, 2011 3:42 PM
Mother: Formerly jailed American to leave Libya

The mother of an American who was jailed in Libya for six months and then stayed on to join rebel fighters says her son will be coming home in a couple of weeks.

Sharon VanDyke tells The Baltimore Sun that she spoke with her son, Matthew VanDyke, Sunday morning. She says he was in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, and that he sounded fine (

The 32-year-old VanDyke was captured in March by forces loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi and was freed by rebels in August.

Sharon VanDyke says her son wants to go back to Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown, where the longtime dictator was captured last week before being killed. She says Matthew will probably fly back to the United States from Cairo.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun,