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

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

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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