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Libya to try Gaddafi spy chief

Published 11/10/2013 | 13:31

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Saif Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, will be tried by a Libyan court,

The International Criminal Court has decided to hand the war crimes case of one of the most prominent members of dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime back to Libyan authorities.

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Pre-trial judges have ruled Libyan authorities are "willing and able" to prosecute former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi for alleged crimes against humanity over the murder and persecution of protesters in the early days of the uprising that eventually toppled Gaddafi in 2011.

Under international law, a country has the first right and obligation to try suspected war crimes cases at home.

Earlier, judges had resisted remanding the cases of al-Senoussi and Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, saying Libya's legal system wasn't stable enough. Both men are being held in Libya.

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