THE HAGUE — Judges at the International Criminal Court have ordered Libyan authorities to immediately surrender slain dictator Moammar Khadafy’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi.
The written order published Thursday set up the latest legal showdown between the Hague-based court and Libyan authorities, who say they plan to put Senoussi on trial themselves.
The court has indicted Senoussi on crimes against humanity charges for the murder and persecution of protesters in the early days of the uprising that eventually toppled Khadafy in 2011.
Libyan authorities also are holding Khadafy’s son and one-time heir-apparent, Seif al-Islam Khadafy, who also is wanted by the court.
Lawyers for Libya are challenging the court’s right to try both men, saying that they are preparing them for trial on similar charges and other alleged offenses.
Senoussi’s defense lawyers appealed to the court last month to speed up proceedings, alleging that Senoussi’s family had heard he was to be tried before a military tribunal and executed. Libya denied that claim.