Gaddafi’s spy chief to be put on trial in Libya

Gaddafi’s spy chief to be put on trial in Libya
Fri Oct 11, 2013 19:25:23

The International Criminal Court has decided to hand the war crimes case of Libya's Gaddafi-era intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, back to Libyan authorities.

The decision means that the ICC will no longer demand that al-Senussi be sent to The Hague to stand trial.

Pre-trial judges have ruled Libyan authorities are "willing and able" to prosecute former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi for alleged crimes against humanity over the murder and persecution of protesters in the early days of the uprising that eventually toppled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Al-Senussi has also been implicated in an infamous Libyan massacre in 1996, in which more than 1,000 inmates were killed at the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli.

Al-Senussi was extradited to Libya from Mauritania last year.

The ICC does not carry out proceedings against a suspect if it deems they are receiving a fair trial in a domestic court.

Saif al-Islam, Muammar Gaddafi's son, was also indicted by the ICC for war crimes.


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