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al-Senussi Arrest: Conflicting Extradition Requests, Concerns About Libya’s Justice System
ICRtoP blog post
22 March 2012
 
 
 Abdullah al-Senussi, a former Libyan Colonel and Chief of Military Intelligence under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, and wantedbytheInternational Criminal Court(ICC), was arrested in Mauritania on 18 March by Mauritanian and French officials.
 
The arrest has led to conflicting calls for al-Senussi’s extradition from the ICC, France, and Libya. The Court has called for Mauritania’s cooperation, based on UN SecurityCouncilResolution 1970 (in which the situation in Libya was referred to the ICC), in surrendering al-Senussi to the Hague for investigation into his role in the commission of crimes against humanity in the country last year,.
 
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These developments come as as civil society expresses the urgent need to transfer al-Senussi to the ICC, rather than to face justice in Libya. ICRtoP member organization Human Rights Watch, and others including Amnesty International, members of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court(CICC), andthe International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) called for such action without delay.
 
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