The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Mauritania extradites ex-Gaddafi spy chief to Libya


NOUAKCHOTT (AFP) - Mauritanian authorities have handed over Muammar Gaddafi's ex-spy chief to Libya nearly five months after he was arrested for entering the country illegally, state television reported on Wednesday.

"Mauritanian authorities hand over ex-Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya," read a newsflash on the screen written in Arabic. An official source speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that Senussi had "effectively left Mauritania".

A delegation from Libya, including the defence minister and army chief of staff, were in Nouakchott on Tuesday for a visit which several official sources said was in connection with the extradition.

Senussi, a brother-in-law and feared former right-hand man of the slain Libyan dictator, was arrested in Mauritania in March and charged two months later for illegal entry and use of forged documents. Libya has since pushed hard for the extradition of the man who is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.