Libya says it should be allowed to try spy chief

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Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:32 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Libya has formally applied to the International Criminal Court to be allowed to put Moammar Gadhafi's former spy chief on trial in Tripoli instead of sending him to The Hague to face justice.

In a lengthy submission published Wednesday, lawyers representing Libya argue that Abdullah al-Senoussi's home country is willing and able to prosecute him and therefore has precedence over the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.

The International Criminal Court has indicted Al-Senoussi for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the Gadhafi regime's brutal attempts to put down the 2011 rebellion that ousted the dictator after four decades in power.

Al-Senoussi is jailed in Libya. His lawyers argue he will not get a fair trial at home and should be sent to The Hague.

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