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Libya urged to give fair trial to ex-Gaddafi spy

Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 13:00

Tripoli: The United States and human rights organisations around the world have urged Libyan authorities to give a fair trial to slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief after he was deported by Mauritania.

The United States said Abdullah al-Senussi must be tried ‘in full compliance with Libya’s international obligations’.

“It will be critical that Libya take all necessary steps to ensure that he`s held securely, treated humanely and tried fairly in full compliance with Libya`s international obligations,” the BBC quoted acting US state department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell, as saying.

According to the report, Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of Human Rights Watch said Senussi must be treated humanely.

Senussi was arrested in May this year by Mauritanian authorities for illegally entering the country.

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.


First Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 13:00
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