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"I was convinced I was going to die"

Gareth Montgomery-Johnson
Gareth Montgomery-Johnson at home this morning Credit: ITV News Wales

Freed from captivity in Libya, Welsh cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson tells ITV Wales that he feared he wouldn't see his family again.

Speaking to our West Wales Reporter Kevin Ashford, Mr Montgomery-Johnson said that he was kept in solitary confinement for a period of five days.

"My biggest fear was that I would never see family again" he said. "But the thought of my family was the thing that kept me going".

He said that several times he thought he would die, since guards brandished weapons near him.

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Cameraman back home - "shattered and enjoying the simple things"

Gareth Montgomery-Johnson
Gareth Montgomery-Johnson was captured last month Credit: ITV News Wales

The sister of cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson has told ITV Wales that he's settling in back home in Carmarthenshire.

Melanie Gribble, who's spent recent weeks campaigning for her brother's release, says "he's shattered and enjoying the simple things - tea, chat,visual sensation, sleep and trying not to feel the fear"

Mr Montgomery-Johnson was captured by Libyan militia along with his colleague Nicholas Davies-Jones last month.

Foreign Office statement

The Foreign Office has also said that Gareth Montgomery-Johnson and his colleague have been handed over.

We welcome the release of the two British journalists who have recently been detained in Libya. Foreign Office officials are providing them with consular assistance which we have done throughout. The men are in the care of consular staff, they are well and look forward to being reunited with their families soon.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman

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Detained cameraman now in British embassy

The sister of a Welsh cameraman who was detained by Libyan militia says that he's "safe and well" in the British embassy in Tripoli. Gareth Montgomery-Johnson and colleague Nicholas Davies were handed over to the Libyan authorities last week, having been captured by militia and accused of spying.

Gareth's family in Carmarthenshire say that they have spoken to him today and they hope to have him home soon. The journalists were working for the Iranian television station Press TV when they were arrested last month.

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