19 October 2012

Libya: Amnesty International Requests Transfer of Al-Senussi to ICC

Arusha — Amnesty International Thursday urged on Thursday Libyan authorities to hand over former country's military intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of crimes against humanity.

According to a statement issued on October 18, Amnesty International is concerned that "since his incarceration in Libya, it appears no independent organizations, relatives or his lawyers have had access to him".

"A year after the end of hostilities, victims of serious human rights abuses by the former government as well as its opponents have yet to see justice," Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International stated.

"What we witness today in Libya is revenge and not justice", he added."Although a new General National Congress has been elected in Libya, the country's justice system is virtually paralyzed".

Al-Senussi was extradited to Libya in September from Mauritania where he was arrested on March this year. The extradition was effected despite an ICC arrest warrant for Al-Senussi being active since June 2011 for Al-Senussi, Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

Earlier this month the Libyan government requested the ICC to allow Saif al-Islam to stand trial in Libya, promising a fair trial. Libyan lawyers said the prosecutors have completed their investigation for Saif al-Islam's alleged crimes.

But in September Libyan authorities postponed his trial for five months so that the prosecution could obtain additional evidence from Al-Senussi.

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