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Thursday 17 April 2014

Libya to try Gaddafi spy chief

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.

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.

AP

Press Association

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