Captured CT Journalist to Testify Before Senate

A journalist from Connecticut who was detained in Libya for six weeks is scheduled to testify about her experiences before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Clare Gillis was one of four foreign journalists captured by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in April and released after 44 days. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Gillis is scheduled to appear Wednesday at a hearing about legislation to enhance the U.S. diplomatic ability to locate missing Americans abroad, and advocate for their humane treatment and release.

Blumenthal is scheduled to also attend the hearing.

Gillis is from New Haven and is a reporter for USA Today and The Atlantic. She has said she was fired upon and beaten when she was captured. Later, she was interrogated with blindfolds on and accused of being a spy.

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