Libyan government releases 4 foreign journalists

By DIAA HADID | May 18, 2011 | 12:59 PM EDT

FILE - In this March 3, 2011 file photo, Spanish photographer Manuel Varela de Seijas Brabo, who works under the name of Manu Brabo, is seen working in Ben Gardane in Tunisia. A Libyan government spokesman says four journalists detained since early April have completed an administrative hearing and will be released Tuesday or Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot, File)

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Four foreign reporters held by the Libyan government for several weeks have been released and moved to a Tripoli hotel.

Clare Morgana Gillis, an American, says she and her three colleagues were freed Wednesday, a day after a judge gave them a suspended one year sentence on charges of entering the country illegally.

She told reporters based at Tripoli's Rixos Hotel that she and her colleagues as American James Foley, Manu Brabo, a Spanish photographer, and Briton Nigel Chandler are fine.