Video: Can ex-Spy Chief Get Fair Trial in Libya?

Former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi is now in custody in his home country after being extradited from Mauritania.

He is accused of mass killings and torture during Gaddafi’s rule, and is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court, who want to take him to the Hague.

Where and what charges should Senussi be tried on? Guests: Mohamed Yonos Toumi, Philip Alston, Hanan Salah.

(Source: Al Jazeera)

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One Response to Video: Can ex-Spy Chief Get Fair Trial in Libya?

  1. Oliver Miles September 9, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    The greatest crime of which Senussi is accused, and there are many others, is the Abu Salim prison massacre of some 1,200 people in 1996. If he were handed over to the ICC he could not be tried for it because the ICC has no mandate for matters before 2011. Once out of Libya he could not be returned because of the possibility that he would face the death penalty. So handing him over to the ICC (or to the French or any other authority) guarantees that he would never face trial for Abu Salim. That being so it is quite unrealistic to imagine that Libya would contemplate handing him over (any more than Britain or any other country would do so in similar circumstances). The best that can be hoped for is that the ICC might be associated in some way if he is tried in Libya for crimes against humanity committed in 2011.
    While it is right to question Libya’s capacity for conducting fair trials of Senussi and others, it should not be forgotten that the ICC itself has got off to a very bad start in Libya. When ICC officials visited Saif al-Islam in June (incidentally confirming that the conditions in which he was detained were humane), they were accused by the Libyans of very serious malpractice, smuggling correspondence which probably related to Saif al-Islam’s blacklisted assets outside Libya amounting to hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars. These allegations have not been proved but nor have they been denied, and that chapter of the story concluded with an apology to Libya by the Chairman of the ICC for “difficulties which arose due to this series of events.”

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