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Libya at odds with France over Gaddafi’s spy chief

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Libya and France are both demanding the extradition of the former head of Gaddafi’s intelligence agency from Mauritania, where Abdullah al-Senussi was arrested in the small hours of Saturday when he arrived from Morocco with a fake Malian passport.

The new Libyan government accuses al-Senussi of brutal repression of opponents of the Gaddafi regime.

In France, he was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for masterminding the bombing of a plane which was en route from Brazzaville to Paris on the 19th of September 1989. The attack claimed the lives of 170 people, including 52 French citizens.

The International Criminal Court has also accused the ex-head of the Libyan intelligence agency of crimes against humanity.



Mar 17, 2012