ICC seeks to confirm arrest of Libya's ex intelligence boss

20th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Court said Sunday it was seeking official confirmation from the Libyan authorities about the arrest of former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi.

An official with Libya's National Transitional Council said earlier that Senussi, who is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity, was arrested in the south of the country but did not say when.

"We need official confirmation from the Libyan authorities," ICC spokesman Fadi El-Abdallah told AFP, adding that given the situation in the country "that could take a little time".

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, Kadhafi and Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity in crushing anti-regime protests.

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

© 2011 AFP

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