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Businessman Held in Libya for Nearly Two Years Returns Home

March 18, 1986

LONDON (AP) _ A British businessman, prevented from leaving Libya for nearly two years because his employer allegedly refused to pay taxes, returned home Tuesday.

Malcolm Pike, 32, had been allowed to travel within Libya but was prevented from leaving the North African country.

Libyan authorities claimed that Pike’s employer, an oil pipeline maintenance company, owed more than $1.4 million in unpaid taxes.

Pike was granted an exit visa in Tripoli on Tuesday following representations by British consul Hugh Dunnachie and a recent change in Libyan laws on tax liability, said a Foreign Office source, who spoke on condition he not be identified further.