Gadhafi’s Ex-Spy Chief Back in Libya

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyans are rejoicing now that the spy chief for ex-leader Moammar Gadhafi has been returned to stand trial.

Libya confirmed Wednesday Abdullah al-Senussi was extradited from Mauritania, where he had been hoping to hide. Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib told reporters in Tripoli al-Senussi will get a fair trial, accusing him of depriving many Libyans of that same right during Gadhafi's rule.

Mauritanian officials arrested al-Senussi in March when he tried using a disguise to sneak into the country and until now had insisted on trying the ex-spy chief there.

The International Criminal Court and France have also asked to try al-Senussi.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant for al-Senussi in June, saying he was responsible as an “indirect perpetrator” on two counts of crimes against humanity, including murder and political persecution.

France had also wanted al-Senussi extradited there to serve a life sentence handed down in absentia for his role in the 1989 bombing of a French commercial airliner that killed 170 people.

Al-Senussi is the brother-in-law of ex-Libyan leader Gadhafi, who was forced from power by a revolt that in October 2011 led to his death and the arrest of several of his key allies.