The bad relations between Egypt and the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah continue to deteriorate as the political differences between the two countries grow sharper.
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CU Mr. Nabih Dayrouti speaking at news conference in English (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2) DAYROUTI: "Just to start at the beginning, I have to explain to you what has happened on Friday, the eighth ... of April. In the afternoon ... it was a Friday -- this is a weekend -- no work -- a holiday. But I saw all the people pouring in all the streets of Benghazi in their cars or on foot. Then I tried to understand what's going on. I went out with some of my colleagues from the relations office of Egypt in Benghazi, to find out what is happening outside the building. To my great amazement and astonishment, when I went to the building which was a church, and which has been transferred or transformed by Colonel Gaddafi to a building for his party there, I found two people ... two Libyans, youths or young men, hanged in one ... in one scaffold. The people were going round. The bodies were guarded by the policemen, by the Army, and nobody was allowed to approach those people who had been hanged.
Mr. Dayrouti also alleged during the interview that 45 Libyan officers opposed to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi had been executed recently. He said that Colonel Gaddafi considered himself a prophet or divine emissary, and had ordered the execution of 22 officers on 2nd April. By the 7th of April the number of officers executed had reached 45. Cairo has accused Colonel Gaddafi of sending saboteurs to Egypt. The Libyan Jamahiriyah has denied the charge, and Colonel Gaddafi has accused President Anwar Sadat of betraying the Arab cause.
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Background: The bad relations between Egypt and the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah continue to deteriorate as the political differences between the two countries grow sharper. The latest incident to add to the deterioration was the recent expulsion of Egyptian diplomats from their offices in Banghazi. They arrived in Cairo on Friday (15 April), claiming that they had been held hostage in a Benghazi hotel for seven days. The head of the Bureau is Mr. Nabih Dayrouti.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (16 April) he described his experiences at a new conference.