International Criminal Court judges on Thursday demanded Libya hand over Moamer Qaddafi’s former spy chief Abdullah Senussi to face charges of crimes against humanity.
The latest broadside in the legal tug-of-war between The Hague-based ICC and Tripoli over where Senussi and Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam should be tried repeated a demand for Senussi to be handed over.
The ICC “orders the Libyan authorities to proceed to the immediate surrender of Mr. Senussi to the court,” said a ruling issued Wednesday and made public Thursday.
The ICC has the option of calling on the United Nations Security Council to take action.
The ICC is mulling a Libyan request to put Senussi and Qaddafi on trial there, while the ICC itself wants to try Qaddafi and Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity committed in the conflict that overthrew Moamer Qaddafi in 2011.
The ICC, which was mandated by the U.N. Security Council to investigate the Libyan conflict, issued arrest warrants in June 2011 for both Saif and Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity.
Lawyers for the two accused have said they will not get a fair trial in Libya.