Moammar Gadhafi's information minister Abdullah al-Senoussi was captured alive by Libyan fighters in the south on the country on Sunday. Senoussi was the last major unaccounted-for member of Gadhafi's inner circle following the capture of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the former dictator's son and one-time heir apparent, on Saturday.
We had doubts about [Senoussi's] presence in the region. He was arrested in his sister's home in Al-Guira and did not put up any resistance, Bashir Uweidat, head of the Wadi Shati military council, told the Agence France Presse.
He will be handed over to the competent authorities.
As with Saif al-Islam and the now-deceased Moammar Gadhafi, the International Criminal Court had issued an arrest warrant for Senoussi in June. The three had been charged with crimes against humanity for ordering soldiers to shoot unarmed protestors in February.
Despite the warrant, Senoussi will likely stand trial in Libya. Libya's transitional leadership said Sunday that Saif al-Islam would not be handed over the The Hague.
The ICC is just a secondary court, and the people of Libya will not allow Saif al-Islam to be tried outside [the country], Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Along with the charges stemming from this year's protests, Libyan leaders could face a slew of other charges.
Senoussi is believed to have been responsible for most of the crimes committed against the Libyan people during the 42 years of Al Gadhafi's rule and during the uprising. Al Senoussi is also well aware of the most sensitive dealings made by the former dictator inside and outside of Libya, and supervised most of the terrorist operations outside of Libya. He also participated in the economic and political corruption schemes that characterized the Al Gadhafi era and controlled most of the dealings of Libya between September 1, 1969 and until October 2011, The Tripoli Post reported on Sunday.
Senoussi is also wanted by the French government. In 1999, the former-spy chief is was tried and convicted in absentia for the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger that killed 170 people, including 54 French nationals.
Libya’s new government has yet to set up a judicial system but will hold Saif al-Islam and probably Senoussi until one is in place. Additionally, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo will visit Libya on Monday to talk with the Transitional National Council about ensuring a fair trial.