Libya New Rulers Vow To Try “Gaddafi Loyalists” Before Elections

Libya new regime pledged on Thursday to put on trial figures of former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime before June polls.

Fathi Baaja of the National Transitional Council said that trials have so far lagged in Libya due to inadequate prison infrastructure and a paralyzed judiciary.

He added that preparations of Gaddafi’s former spy chief Abdullah Senussi’s trial were on track.

“If Abdullah Senussi is extradited to Libya, his trial and that of (Kadhafi son) Seif al-Islam will be held in the near future and before the general election” scheduled for June, said Baaja.

“The preparations are now on track,” he said.

Mauritania said Wednesday it has yet to make a decision on the extradition of Senussi, who was arrested at Nouakchott airport last week and is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court.

Earlier, the Libyan government said his handover was a done deal after meetings with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

In a statement, Libya’s interim prime minister, Adbel Rahim al-Kib, said the authorities “will start trials of officials of the old regime as soon as possible.”

“We reassure the people of Libya and the international community that Libya will soon judge those who committed crimes against the people,” said Kib, adding they would be guaranteed fair trials.

Source: AFP

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