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.