UN urges Libya to cooperate on Senussi

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IOL libya spy chief Reuters Ex-Gaddafi spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi

New York - The Libyan government should cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) as it is seeking to try Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

“It will be for the ICC to consider Libya's likely submission that it is able and willing to try Abdullah al-Senussi for crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC,” said Martin Nesirky at UN headquarters in New York.

“We encourage the Libyan authorities to cooperate with the ICC in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

The 15-nation council had called for due process and international standards of fair trial to be applied in the prosecution of people accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Libya. The council had referred to the ICC the cases of Gaddafi, one of his sons and al-Senussi.

Al-Senussi was captured and held by Mauritania last year after the fall of Gaddafi and was extradited to Libya on Wednesday. The ICC charged him with crimes against humanity in the brutal repression of anti-Gaddafi protesters. - Sapa-dpa

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