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Outside al-Hadba prison in Tripoli, where the trial of Senussi and co-defendants opened on 14 April 2014 (Photo: Chris Stephen)
04 May 2015 by Chris Stephen

The controversial trial of Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi will enter its “final” stage on 20 May, court authorities announced this week. After a case lasting just over a year, during which a Libyan civil war broke out [IJT-176], prosecutors say they are prepared to finish proceedings, the country’s Al Nabaa television station reported Sunday.  

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Al Jadeed journalist Karma Khayat flanked by defence lawyers at the opening hearing of her contempt trial (Photo: Flickr/STLebanon)
04 May 2015

IJT 181 examines what two contempt cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon show about the main in absentia trial seeking to uncover who killed Lebanese ex-premier Rafik Hariri.

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Outside al-Hadba prison in Tripoli, where the trial of Senussi and co-defendants opened on 14 April 2014 (Photo: Chris Stephen)
25 February 2015 by Chris Stephen

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor ruled that despite civil war in Libya and militias storming the capital, she has no reason to think the country’s former intelligence chief is getting an unfair trial.

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01 February 2012

Summary and link to PDF of IJT 144.

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09 May 2012

Summary and link to PDF of IJT 151.

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15 April 2014 by Christopher Stephen, Tripoli (Libya)

The trial of 37 former senior officials of the Gaddafi regime began in Tripoli on Monday, 14 April, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 41, and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, 63, both subject to arrest warrants issued in 2011 by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Expected but absent on Monday, a younger son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi, 40, should be joined to this group trial held by the Criminal Department of the Tripoli Appeal Court for crimes including murder, sedition, torture, illegal detention, incitement to rape and embezzlement.

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15 April 2014 by Christopher Stephen, Tripoli (Libya)

Last October, a panel of three International Criminal Court (ICC) judges decided Libya was both able and willing to try its former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, and therefore there was no need for The Hague to do so. It was a decision that conforms with the purpose of the ICC, which is to complement, rather than supersede, national courts. 

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15 April 2014 by Christopher Stephen, Tripoli (Libya)

In the biggest trial in Libya since the 2011 revolution, only 23 of the 37 accused were present at the Tripoli Appeal Court hearings in Al Hadba prison, for the start on Monday April 14.

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30 April 2014 by IJT

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, and eight defendants held in Misrata appeared via video link at the Al-Hadba Prison Court of Tripoli on Sunday, along with 24 other defendants who appeared in the same court two weeks ago [IJT-157], reports the Libya Herald. Neither of the two most high-profile defendants, Gaddafi and ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, had lawyers. 

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14 May 2014 by Christopher Stephen

A United Nations observer at Libya’s trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and the regime’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [IJT-157] has been arrested by a militia, on Sunday in the capital city Tripoli, and accused of “black magic”. 

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