Spanish photographer calls parents from Libya jail

AP News
Posted: Apr 24, 2011 9:34 AM
Spanish photographer calls parents from Libya jail

The parents of a Spanish photojournalist who was captured by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Sunday they had received a phone call from him in which he said he was well but in a Tripoli jail.

Manuel Varela de Seijas Brabo, who works under the name Manu Brabo, is one of four journalists seized by Gadhafi's forces on April 5 while reporting on the conflict from the outskirts of Brega.

The others are GlobalPost correspondent James Foley, freelance reporter Clare Morgana Gillis _ both Americans _ and South African photographer Anton Hammerl.

Brabo's father, Manuel Varela, said in an interview broadcast by Spanish state broadcaster TVE on Sunday that his son told him he was in a military prison, was being fed and was "in fairly good shape."

Brabo called his parents on Saturday and told his mother Victoria Brabo that he did not know when he would be released.

"He reassured us that he was being treated well, had not been subject to any aggression in the jail he was being held in along with three other reporters and that he was being given food and tobacco," she told TVE. She said she had spoken to her son "for around a quarter of an hour."

"He thinks his main problem is going to be his illegal entry into the country and he also commented that he hadn't obtained permits to photograph some things," his father said.

GlobalPost and The Atlantic reported Thursday that Clare Morgana Gillis called her parents in New Haven, Connecticut, and said she was in good health at a women's civilian jail run by forces loyal to Gadhafi.