(TRIPOLI, Libya) — Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s brother-in-law and intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, is being sought after Libya, France and even the International Criminal Court in the Hague for multiple crimes he allegedly committed while under the late dictator’s rule.
Al-Senussi was arrested Saturday in the North African country of Mauritania.
The Libyan government is demanding that Mauritania extradite him back home so he can be prosecuted for reportedly ordering the deaths of civilians during last year’s uprising and the 1995 massacre at a prison in which 1,200 inmates were killed.
France wants to get its hands on al-Senussi, who a French court found guilty of being complicit in the bombing of a plane over Niger in 1989 that killed 170 people including 54 French nationals.
Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court already has an arrest warrant out on al-Senussi for crimes against humanity during the revolution in 2011 that led to the end of Gadhafi’s brutal dictatorship.
The U.S. also has an interest in seeing justice done since it’s believed that al-Senussi had a hand in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 183 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, most of them Americans returning home for the Christmas holidays.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, Holly Yan and Euan McKirdy, CNN Newswire
Sarah Anderson, Deseret News