Gadhafi-Era Spy Chief Extradited to Libya

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
September 5, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Former Libyan head of intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, is pictured in Tripoli on June 22, 2011. ( -/AFP/Getty Images)

The spy chief under former Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, who fled the country last year, was sent back to Libya on Wednesday, it was announced.

Mauritania state media announced that authorities sent Abdullah al-Senussi back to Libya. He was arrested in Mauritania around five months ago for entering the country illegally, reported AFP.

Prime Minister Abderrahim al-Keib said that Libya “has received Gadhafi’s right-hand man,”
according to Euronews.

“I want to take the opportunity to say that Libya will guarantee a fair trial for Senussi that will respect international legal standards,” he added.

Deputy prosecutor general Taha Baara told AFP that Senussi was in Libya. “A short time ago he was delivered to the office of the prosecutor general. He will undergo routine medical examination before questioning begins immediately afterwards,” he said.

Senussi is wanted by the International Criminal Court for allegedly being involved in the committing of crimes against humanity during last year’s uprising. As a longtime member of Gadhafi’s inner circle, he is also believed to have played a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, which killed more than 270 people.

Another member of Gadhafi’s inner circle, his son Saif al-Islam, is set to go on trial later this month. He is also accused of taking part in crimes against humanity.