The President of Mauritania has announced that former Libyan Intelligence chief Abdullah al- Senussi must be tried there before being extradited.
Al Senussi, who was former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s right- hand man, will first face charges of illegal entry into the West African nation according to its president.
“Senussi has problems with Mauritania’s judiciary and has to face court for entering Mauritania under a false identity,” President Abdel Aziz said on Sunday in the town of Atar.
Al- Senussi was caught at Nouachott airport after flying in from Morocco in March with a fake Malian passport.
“The passport Senussi used to enter Mauritania was not falsified but it presents him as Malian and under a fake name, which is why he must undergo trial in Mauritania,” Mr Abdel Aziz said, according to AFP news agency.
Al- Senussi is wanted by Libya and the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity during the Libyan revolution.