Statement on Fernando Espinoza Release from Libya

Governor Bill Richardson and the Richardson Center are thrilled and relieved that American and former Navy, Fernando Espinoza, has been released from detainment in Libya and is on his way home to be reunited with his family.

Over the last few weeks, we have been working closely with Fernando’s mother, Sara, trying to secure his safe return home. In this effort, we have been in touch and worked closely with the Libyan Foreign Ministry, our partners in the Government of Qatar, and our colleagues in the Consular Office at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.

“We are so happy that Fernando will be able to reunite with his loved ones during this holiday season,” said Governor Richardson. “We are grateful for the swift action by the Libyan Government to secure Fernando’s release, and for the close coordination we had with the Consular Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. When working together, we are able to bring back Americans safely.”

The Richardson Center negotiates for the release of American prisoners and hostages held in hostile regimes or in countries with strained diplomatic relations. We work on behalf of the families and at no cost to them. The Richardson Center is greatly appreciative of our partners, including the Government of Qatar, and the many individuals who support and enable our work as a non-for-profit.


For more information:

Mickey Bergman

(703) 944-3995