Libya must hand over Gaddafi spy chief – Hague judges

AMSTERDAM,  (Reuters) – International Criminal Court judges ordered Libya today to hand over Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy chief and let him see his lawyer, raising the stakes in a dispute over who has the right to try the deposed strongman’s top lieutenants.

The statement placed the Hague-based court on a collision course with Libya’s new rulers, who say Gaddafi-era leaders in their custody should face local justice over charges of mass killings and other atrocities.

The ICC judges said Libya must extradite Abdullah al-Senussi over his alleged role in orchestrating reprisals against the protesters in the 2011 uprising that overthrew Gaddafi.

Abdullah al-Senussi
Abdullah al-Senussi

“Libya remains under obligation to comply with the surrender request,” the judges said in their statement.

They would decide later how to respond if the North African state continues to hold Senussi, the judges added. The court has the power to refer the matter to the U.N. Security Council.

“The ICC has ordered an immediate halt to Libya’s unseemly rush to drag Mr. Al-Senussi to the gallows before the law has taken its course,” said Ben Emmerson, Senussi’s lawyer before the ICC.

Judges also ordered Libya to grant Emmerson access to his client.

Libya has become a test case of the effectiveness of the 10-year-old court, which relies on the cooperation of member countries to arrest suspects and enforce its orders.

A court-appointed lawyer for Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam was detained in Libya for a month alongside three other court officials when she attempted to visit her jailed client. Since, court officials and defence lawyers have had no contact with either Saif al-Islam or Senussi.

Most recently, allegations have surfaced that Libya paid Mauritania $200 million to ignore the ICC arrest warrant last year, sending Senussi to Tripoli rather than to the ICC’s detention centre in The Hague.

More in World News

default placeholder

Clinton makes history, wins U.S. Democrats’ White House nomination

PHILADELPHIA, (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House yesterday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S.

default placeholder

New York AG refuses to comply with U.S. House subpoena on Exxon probe

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – New York state’s attorney general yesterday said his office will not comply with a subpoena issued by U.S.

default placeholder

U.S. expands Central American refugee screening programme

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Obama administration announced a broad expansion on Tuesday of a programme to let people fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras enter the United States as refugees, and said Costa Rica agreed to temporarily shelter some of those with no other recourse.

default placeholder

Islamists attack French church, slit priest’s throat

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France,  (Reuters) – Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a French church service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat yesterday, a murder made even more shocking as one of the assailants was a known would-be jihadist under supposedly tight surveillance.

default placeholder

13 people killed in Somali suicide bombing claimed by al Shabaab

MOGADISHU, (Reuters) – Suicide bombers killed at least 13 people at the gates of the African Union’s main peacekeeping base in the Somali capital yesterday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamist militants of al Shabaab.

Protestors march against Hillary Clinton (Reuters/Dominic Reuter)

Sanders backers revolt on raucous opening day at US Democratic convention

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Supporters of Bernie Sanders disrupted the first day of the Democratic convention yesterday, repeatedly chanting and booing mentions of Hillary Clinton’s name as the party’s hopes for a show of unity dissolved into frequent chaos.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: