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Ex-Gaddafi spy charged in Mauritania for illegally

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:57

Nouakchott: Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s ex-spy chief, who was arrested two months ago by Mauritanian authorities, has been charged for illegally entering the country.

According to a source, Abdullah Senussi, who is wanted by France, the international criminal court and Libya, will face trial for entering Mauritania illegally with a falsified Malian passport, a crime that carries a maximum three-year jail term.

The Guardian quoted a judicial source, as saying that a trial was unlikely to begin soon.

“A [trial start] date doesn`t have to be set for up to three years, so that will buy the authorities time,” the source said.

Senussi, a confidante and brother-in-law to Gaddafi, is alleged to be behind a massacre in Tripoli`s notorious Abu Salim prison, which left around 1,200 inmates dead, and triggered Libya`s revolt when lawyers sought to reopen the case last year.

France wants to try Senussi in connection with the 1989 bombing of an airliner over Niger in which 170 died.

An ICC warrant is seeking Senussi for crimes against humanity in Libya.
British officials have also indicated they could seek access to him in relation to the Lockerbie bombing, in which Senussi is suspected of playing of a role.

First Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:57
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