Mauritania extradites Gaddafi-era spy chief to Libya
Wed Sep 5, 2012 11:56PM
Abdullah al-Senussi will have a fair trial according to international standards for human rights, the rights from which Libyans were deprived." Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-KeibMauritania has extradited slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi to the new Libyan government. Senussi arrived in Libya on Wednesday and has been under detention with other Gaddafi-era officials, including a former premier, in an unknown place in the capital Tripoli, the Associated Press quoted a Libyan official as saying. "Abdullah al-Senussi will have a fair trial according to international standards for human rights, the rights from which Libyans were deprived," Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib said on Wednesday. The spy chief’s extradition happened after a high-level meeting between Libyan and Mauritanian officials on Tuesday. Senussi was arrested in March for illegal entry to Mauritania upon his arrival in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, from Casablanca, Morocco.
Gaddafi’s spy chief, who will be tried by the Libyan government for crimes against humanity during the country’s last year revolution, is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court (ICC).Senussi is wanted on a 2011 ICC arrest warrant in connection with the brutal crackdown on popular protests during the revolution that toppled Gaddafi’s regime. He is also sought by French authorities after being sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in a 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger. The attack claimed the lives of 170 people, including 54 French nationals. Senussi has also been linked to the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people were killed. Libyans rose up against Gaddafi in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He ruled for more than four decades without a legislature. MHB/AS