Mauritania has not decided on Libya spy chief extradition

AFP , Wednesday 21 Mar 2012

Mauritanian government denies that it has taken any decision related to the fate of Libya's ex intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi whose extradition is sought by Libya, France and a war crimes court

Abdullah Senussi
Abdullah Senussi (photo: Reuters)

Mauritania has not yet decided the fate of Moamer Kadhafi's former spy chief, whose extradition is sought by Libya, France and a war crimes court, a source close to the case said Wednesday.

"Nouakchott is not in a hurry, in this case all the norms and procedures must be respected. Mauritania will take its time," the source said.

Libya's vice premier Mustafa Abu Shagur said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he had secured the extradition of Abdullah Senussi, whom the country wants to try on home soil.

"I have met the President of Mauritania and he agreed to the extradition of Senussi to Libya," Mustafa Abu Shagur wrote.

Earlier, speaking to reporters after meeting Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in Nouakchott, the Libyan vice-premier had said the president "promised something positive" in regard to Libya's request.

Senussi, Kadhafi's former right hand man, was arrested at Nouakchott airport on Friday after arriving on a flight from Casablanca in Morocco, using a false passport.

He is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

In addition, Saudia Arabia and Spain want to interrogate Senussi over attacks committed in their countries, a diplomat in Nouakchott told AFP.

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