Tunisia frees man held over attack on US consulate in Libya

Tunis, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Tunisia has freed, for lack of
evidence, a Tunisian man who had been suspected of involvement
in an Islamist militant attack in Libya last year in which the
U.S. ambassador was killed, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Ali Harzi was one of two Tunisians named in October by the
Daily Beast website as having been detained in Turkey over the
violence in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to
Libya, and three other American officials were killed.

"The judge decided to free Harzi and he is free now,"
lawyer Anouar Awled Ali told Reuters. "The release came in
response to our request to free him for lack of evidence and
after he underwent the hearing with American investigators as a
witness in the case."

A Tunisian justice ministry spokesman confirmed the release
of Harzi but declined to elaborate.

A month ago, Harzi refused to be interviewed by visiting
U.S. FBI investigators over the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S.
consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

The Daily Beast reported that shortly after the attacks
began, Harzi posted an update on an unspecified social media
site about the fighting.

It said Harzi was on his way to Syria when he was detained
in Turkey at the behest of U.S. authorities, and that he was
affiliated with a militant group in North Africa.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Mark Heinrich)