Appeals Chamber confirms Libya can try former spy chief Al-Senussi

Appeals Chamber confirms Libya can try former spy chief Al-Senussi
#GlobalJusticeWeekly (CICC), 25 Jul 2014

On Thursday, the ICC Appeals Chamber unanimously decided that the ICC case against Abdullah Al-Senussi is inadmissible, clearing the way for Libya to try the former spy chief. Al-Senussi’s defense counsel had appealed against an earlier decision finding the Court’s case inadmissible because Libyan authorities were willing and capable of trying Al-Senussi on their own.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) was critical of the Appeals Chamber’s decision, noting that it comes amid a near breakdown of the Libyan judicial system and that Libya has failed to provide Al-Senussi with basic due process rights. Amnesty International (AI) described the decision as “deeply alarming” and said that it in effect sanctions unfair domestic proceedings against Al-Senussi. However, No Peace Without Justice welcomed the decision, calling it a “positive answer to Libyans’ aspirations to see the alleged perpetrators of crimes against them face justice where those crimes were committed.”

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