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Gaddafi son trial likely delayed after arrest of spy chief

ByREUTERS
September 6, 2012 15:50

TRIPOLI - The trial of Moammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam may be delayed to include any relevant testimony obtained via interrogation from the country's former spy chief who was arrested on Wednesday, a government official said on Thursday.

Government officials said in August that Saif al-Islam's trial on war crimes charges - the most high-profile prosecution of a figure from his late father's entourage to date - was due to begin in September.



But the arrest on Wednesday of Abdullah Senussi, the former spy chief known as "Gaddafi's black box", appears to have pushed that date back, postponing a trial that a lawyer from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has already said is unlikely to be fair.

Senussi was handed over to Libya by Mauritanian authorities on Wednesday after being captured in the West African state in March, triggering a tug of war between Libya, France and the ICC for his extradition.

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