Libya ex-spy chief Senussi arrested: NTC

TRIPOLI - Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, has been arrested, an official in the National Transitional Council said on Sunday.

By (AFP)

Published: Sun 20 Nov 2011, 10:29 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:19 AM

“Abdullah al-Senussi was arrested in Al-Guira region in the south of the country,” the NTC official who declined to be identified told AFP, without providing details on when he was captured.

News of his capture came a day after Libya’s new rulers also announced the arrest of the late Moamer Kadhafi’s son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam, who had also been on the run for months.

The ICC issued warrants on June 27 against Seif al-Islam, Gaddafi and Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity in crushing anti-regime protests.

Senussi’s capture was also announced by an officer in the eastern city of Benghazi as NTC officials were meeting with the military.

“The terrorist, the assassin, Abdullah al-Senussi has been arrested,” said the officer amid thunderous applause.

Defence Minister Jallal al-Digheily, who was at the meeting with hundreds of army officers, branded the capture a “victory.”

“We thank Allah for this victory,” he said.

A member of the Thwar Council (revolutionary council) in Tripoli also confirmed the arrest.

Senussi, 62, is the brother-in-law and former right-hand man of Gaddafi, who was arrested and killed last month.

In 1999 a Paris court sentenced him in absentia to life for his alleged involvement in an attack on a French UTA airliner a decade earlier that killed 170 people.

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