INTERPOL and ICC meeting focuses on cooperation

September 14, 2012

INTERPOL on September 13, 2012 released the following:

“THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A meeting between INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui and International Criminal Court President Sang-Hyun Song and recently-appointed Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda provided an opportunity to review cooperation between the Office of the Prosecutor and INTERPOL, and to assess further collaboration in specialized investigative support, training and experts networking.

The INTERPOL and ICC presidents in their meeting on 7 September recognized the significant cooperation between the two organisations, with the ICC President acknowledging the importance of INTERPOL’s role in capacity-building investigations into genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as the operational support provided by INTERPOL for ICC initiatives.

Also attending the meeting were the ICC’s Michel de Smedt, Head of Investigations Division, Helen Walker, International Cooperation Advisor and Stefano Carvelli, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit.”

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Libyan team leaves Mauritania without Senussi

March 21, 2012

Reuters on March 21, 2012 released the following:

“By Laurent Prieur

(Reuters) – A Libyan delegation left Mauritania on Wednesday without Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, but the Libyan government spokesman said Senussi’s extradition was expected soon.

Libya is vying with France and the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) to try Gaddafi’s former right-hand man, arrested on Friday when he flew in to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott using a false passport.

Mauritanian sources played down Libyan suggestions that a deal to extradite Senussi was almost finalized and said other countries also had a say in the case.

“We have an assurance from Mauritania that it will extradite … Senussi, but there are legal procedures which must be respected and we will wait,” Libyan government spokesman Nasser al-Manee told reporters before boarding the plane.

“No date has been set for his physical extradition, but it will be soon,” he added. A diplomatic source said the plane later took off as scheduled.

Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour, leading the delegation, said after talks with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday that Aziz had given his consent to Senussi’s extradition, adding he would “soon be in a Libyan prison.”

Mauritanian sources differed. “The principle of Senussi’s extradition to Libya has been agreed,” said a source close to the Mauritanian presidency. “What remain to be determined are details like the timing,” the source added.

“It’s not just Mauritania and Libya that can settle this,” a Mauritanian security source said, adding that the West African state, a former French colony heavily dependent on foreign aid, acknowledged that other countries should also have a say in Senussi’s fate.

HELD BEHIND A HIGH WALL

The source declined to elaborate but several rights groups have said they doubt whether Senussi, 62, would have a fair trial in Libya and say he would be better transferred to the ICC to face charges of crimes against humanity.

Aziz, an army general who seized power in 2008 and won elections a year later decried by rivals as rigged, has enjoyed solid support from Paris that has helped him win international respectability and an IMF funding program.

France wants Senussi in connection with a 1989 airliner bombing over Niger in which 54 of its nationals died. A second Mauritanian security source told Reuters on Tuesday France was arguing that its claim had priority because it had helped in last week’s arrest of the ex-spy chief.

Senussi is understood to be in detention in the main police training school in Nouakchott. The facility – surrounded by a high wall blocking the view from outside – was the only one that combined adequate security with a degree of comfort for Senussi, local security sources said.

Senussi is suspected of a key role in the killing of more than 1,200 inmates at Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison in 1996. It was the arrest of a lawyer acting for relatives of the victims that sparked Libya’s Arab Spring revolt in February last year.

His name has also been linked to the 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland of a Pan Am jet that killed 270 people. A diplomatic source said on Tuesday the United States was keen to question him about that attack.”

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Libya says Mauritania agrees Senussi extradition

March 20, 2012

Reuters on March 20, 2012 released the following:

“By Laurent Prieur and Hadeel al Shachi

(Reuters) – Mauritania has agreed that Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, arrested in Nouakchott last week, can be extradited to Libya, Libya’s deputy prime minister said.

The decision, if implemented, sets Libya on a collision course with France and the international war crimes court in The Hague, which also want Senussi, Gaddafi’s right-hand man before the Libyan dictator’s overthrow and death in a popular revolt last year.

“I have met the President of Mauritania and he agreed to the extradition of Senussi to Libya,” Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour wrote on Twitter on Tuesday in a comment conformed as official by a Libyan government representative.

Senussi, whose whereabouts had been unclear for months, was arrested at Mauritania’s Nouakchott airport late on Friday when he stepped off a flight from Morocco.

A senior Libyan delegation to Mauritania feted President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz for his “brave stance” in arresting Senussi and during talks at his presidency stressed that Senussi should be extradited to Libya.

“We greatly appreciate the position of the president who promised us that good will come of this matter,” said a statement attributed to Shagour earlier and issued by Mauritania’s official news agency AMI.

France and the International Criminal Court also want Senussi. The ICC has indicted him for crimes against humanity, while he is also alleged to have had a role in the 1989 bombing of an airliner in which 54 French nationals died.

“We want Senussi to be extradited to France. We feel we owe it to the victims’ families and to justice,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said of a step that would allow France to confirm the life sentence already handed down to Senussi in absentia by a French court.

LOCKERBIE BOMBING

Separately, diplomatic sources said the United States – which on Monday confirmed it had contacts with Mauritania over Senussi – had requested access to him before any transfer.

“The Americans put in a request to Mauritanian authorities yesterday (Monday) morning to be able to meet Senussi while he is still in Mauritania, said one diplomatic source. A second diplomat also confirmed the request had been made.

No comment was immediately available either from the Mauritanian or U.S. governments.

Senussi’s name has been linked to the 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland of a Pan Am jet that killed 270 people. A State Department spokeswoman said on Monday the United States had long expressed an interest in talking to him about it.

Human rights groups doubt Senussi, 62, will have a fair trial in Libya and have called for his transfer to the ICC.

Amnesty International described the Libyan judicial system as “paralyzed”, noting it had not successfully investigated the death of prisoners in rebel detention or high-profile cases like the death of former military chief Abdel-Fattah Younis.

“The Libyan judiciary has done nothing. It has held no one accountable and has not investigated a single case yet,” Amnesty’s Donatella Rovera told Reuters.

However, Deputy Justice Minister Khalifa Faraj Ashour told Reuters in Tripoli the former intelligence chief would be tried fairly in his home country.

“Security is good, the courts are working fine in almost all of the country,” he said. “Even if there is a security breach once in a while, we can deal with it.”

“HIDDEN MONEY”

Ashour said it was too early to discuss what charges Senussi could face in Libya. Interpol has issued a Red Notice for him at Libya’s request for fraud offences including embezzling public funds and misuse of power for personal benefit.

“In general, we can say one of the crimes is financial corruption. He knows a lot about hidden money,” Ashour said.

Senussi is also suspected of a key role in the killing of more than 1,200 inmates at Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison in 1996. It was the arrest of a lawyer for victims’ relatives that sparked Libya’s Arab Spring revolt in February last year.

“Senussi being handed over to Libya and tried here would be a great support for the Libyan revolution and the country’s courts,” Ashour said. “You have to realize that he committed many other crimes in Libya before the revolution.”

According to Mauritanian security sources, Senussi, who for decades was hated and feared by many ordinary Libyans, is being held in the main police training school in Nouakchott.

The sources said the facility – which is surrounded by a high wall blocking all view from outside – was the only one which could keep Senussi in sufficient security while affording him a degree of comfort.

According to two sources, a team of military doctors including Aziz’s personal medic performed a medical check on Senussi on Sunday while he was still being held at a residence in the grounds of Nouakchott’s international conference centre.”

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INTERPOL Red Notice issued for Gaddafi’s former spy chief Al-Senussi at Libya’s request

March 19, 2012

INTERPOL on March 18, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – At Libya’s request, INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice for Colonel Gaddafi’s former director of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi for fraud offences including embezzling public funds and misuse of power for personal benefit.

The international wanted persons alert for the 62-year-old has been circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries and is in addition to the Red Notice issued at the request of the International Criminal Court for Al-Senussi in September 2011 for crimes against humanity.

Following the issue of the ICC Red Notice for Al-Senussi, INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit had liaised closely with North and West African countries in order to ensure that border control points were alerted to his wanted status.

Libya’s request for a Red Notice, which comes just days after their Minister of the Interior Fawzi Altaher Abdulaali addressed INTERPOL’s Heads of National Central Bureaus conference, was welcomed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“INTERPOL has committed itself to supporting Libya’s efforts to achieve its goal of rebuilding their country and being guided by the rule of law, and clearly their request for an INTERPOL Red Notice for Al-Senussi is a clear demonstration of their commitment to international police cooperation and justice,” said Mr Noble.

“Targeting and arresting those involved in embezzling funds and making them accountable for their actions before the courts will help Libya achieve its goal,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

INTERPOL’s FIS unit, officers from the Middle East and North Africa sub-directorate and the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre at the General Secretariat headquarters are continuing to liaise closely with the ICC and all involved National Central Bureaus including Nouakchott where Al-Senussi was reportedly arrested.

Since March 2011, through the publication of Orange Notice global alerts against a number of Libyan nationals, including members of Colonel Gaddafi’s family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011).”

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International Cricket Council (ICC) seeks Interpol help to prevent match fixing, corruption

December 16, 2011

Times of India on December 16, 2011 released the following:

“NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council has sought the help of the Interpol in strengthening its anti-corruption mechanism and prevent organised crime from entering into the game through spot-fixing and illegal betting.

Interpol chief Ronald K Noble, who is on a three-day visit to the country and had met ICC president Sharad Pawar and BCCI officials, on Friday said they were looking forward to a “tie-up” with the ICC and BCCI to help them in strengthening their anti-corruption mechanism.

“Young players are easy targets for unscrupulous organised criminals and illegal gamblers. We know that with online betting on the Internet that match-fixing takes place even though the results don’t change… There are lot ways in which people can make lot of money without altering the results of the match,” Noble told a press conference.

In September, ICC’s anti-corruption wing chairman Ronnie Flanagan had said that talks are on with the Interpol.

“They (ICC) are looking at preventing organised crime from entering into cricket that is where Interpol can play a role. And secondly on January 21, 2012 there is an ICC meeting in Dubai where Interpol will be participating and there they will be discussing this matter further,” CBI director AP Singh said on the proposed tie-up of Interpol with the cricketing bodies.

Interpol is coming up with a dedicated centre in Singapore for promoting integrity in sports with the help of FIFA for a 10-year period in an effort to help tackle the global betting and organised criminals.

Sources said the Interpol is also exploring a similar arrangement with the cricketing body.

Noble said illegal betting has turned trans-national and with the advent of Internet and live coverage it is watched in countries across the globe.

He said the Interpol with its global presence can share information about illegal gambling with the ICC and clarified that Interpol would not be probing any corruption cases in cricket.

According to Noble, the focus of the tie-up would be to teach “young” players, agents and officials ways in which they can be “tricked” into doing something illegal which might look innocent at the first instance.

“We would like to have a prevention programme put in place whereby young players, officials, agents are told about ways in which the corruption occurs. The ICC have a great unit in the area of fighting corruption. We believe we can learn from that unit,” he said.

In September, former ICC Anti-Corruption Unit chief Paul Condon has also raised the issue of corruption in cricket and blamed the “frenzied commercialisation of Twenty 20″ tournaments for this.”

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INTERPOL Chief welcomes arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi as milestone for Libyan justice

November 28, 2011

INTERPOL on November 19, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – The arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi has been welcomed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as an important step forward in the delivery of justice to the people of Libya.

The 39-year-old son of Colonel Gaddafi, who is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued at the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution, is now in custody awaiting trial after being apprehended in Ubari in the south of the country.

“Today’s arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is an important milestone for the new Libya,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Gaddafi being taken into custody not only shows fugitives that they cannot run forever, but also is a clear signal to the people of Libya and citizens around the world that the National Transitional Council will continue to hunt for those accused of crimes and bring them before the courts in order that they can respond to the charges against them.

“The Prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo and I called for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in after Colonel Gaddafi’s death so that the rule of law could run its course, today we would reiterate that call to all those who were part of the inner circle and who remain at large,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

A Red Notice issued at the request of the ICC for the former director of military intelligence Abdullah Al-Senussi remains in effect. INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit based it its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, is liaising with both the ICC and INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Tripoli to ensure that all relevant intelligence in relation to Al-Senussi and other wanted individuals is pooled and regularly updated.

In addition, FIS has issued an alert to all NCBs throughout Africa urging member countries to maintain vigilance at border crossing points for any of the wanted persons attempting to travel.”

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Official: Qaddafi spy chief in Mali; Son next?

October 28, 2011

CBS News on October 27, 2011 released the following:

“(CBS/AP) DAKAR, Senegal – Muammar Qaddafi’s intelligence chief, who is wanted by Interpol, fled to Mali overnight after making his way across Niger where he has been hiding for several days in the country’s northern desert, an adviser to the president of Niger said Thursday.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter, said that Abdullah al-Senoussi entered Mali late Wednesday night via the Kidal region, which shares a border with Niger. He is guarded by a unit of about a dozen people and arrived in a convoy that was piloted by ethnic Tuaregs from Mali.

The official said that Qaddafi’s hunted son, Saif al-Islam, is also on his way to Mali and is traveling across the invisible line separating Algeria from Niger. The area, an ungoverned expanse of dunes stretching for hundreds of miles, has been used for years by drug traffickers as well as by an offshoot of al Qaeda.

“Senoussi is in Mali … he arrived yesterday,” said the adviser, an influential elder in the ethnic Tuareg community which overwhelmingly supported Qaddafi and remained loyal to him despite Niger’s official stance backing the country’s new rulers.

“Saif is going to Mali too. He is right now between Niger and Algeria. He is in the territory at the frontier between the two, heading to Mali,” the adviser said. “For the moment, they do not plan to approach the government. They are protected by the Tuaregs … and they are choosing to stay in the desert.”

Speculation about Saif al-Islam’s whereabouts has been rampant in recent days, with Transitional National Council officials claiming he is planning to turn himself in to the ICC. On Thursday, Reuters reported on a TNC official’s claim that Saif al-Islam is looking to arrange for an aircraft to transport him to The Hague.

However, none of these claims have been confirmed.

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The region through which al-Senoussi and Saif al-Islam are said to have traveled is the traditional home of the Tuaregs, the desert dwellers whose members live in the nations abutting the Sahara desert from Mauritania in the east, through Mali, Niger, Libya and Chad. The group felt a kinship with Qaddafi who elevated the nomadic life by pitching his tent in the courtyards of four-star hotels in Europe.

Hundreds of Malian and Nigerien Tuaregs were recruited by Qaddafi to fight as hired guns in Libya in the final months of the conflict. The video showing how Qaddafi was manhandled after he was caught has deeply offended Tuareg communities throughout Africa.

Starting at dinnertime Wednesday, Tuareg elders met in Agadez to discuss the conflict posed by the arrival of Qaddafi’s most trusted collaborators in light of the Niger’s government’s commitment to hand over anyone wanted by the world court. Both the son and the intelligence chief are wanted by the International Criminal Court which issued warrants for their arrest in May for crimes against humanity committed during the monthslong struggle for power in Libya.

About 30 other regime loyalists, including another Qaddafi son, al-Saadi, fled to Niger in September, but were apprehended by Niger’s government and placed under house arrest.

“We are hearing the same reports as you, that Saif is in our zone. But our security forces have not run into him,” said Massoudou Hassoumi, the chief of staff of Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou. “The day that we run into him we will arrest him. He is pursued by the ICC, and we will hand him over in keeping with our international obligations.”

In Mali, a tribal elder from the country’s north where the fugitives are believed to be hiding, said that he doesn’t think Mali will shield them from the ICC.

“People on the ground are saying that Senoussi is there,” said the elder who asked not to be named because of the delicate nature of the issue.

“I don’t know if Qaddafi’s son is there too. It’s a small group of vehicles which is to the northeast of Kidal Town. It’s possible that they are with other Tuaregs who have returned from Libya,” the elder said. “I think they know if they came here that Mali is going to hand them over to the ICC. In fact I think that’s why they came here because they want to be safely handed over.”

Niger’s government, which is heavily dependent on aid, has been put in an impossible spot, forced to choose between its obligations to the international community and its powerful Tuareg community. The problem is similar in Mali, but President Amadou Toumani Toure is at the tail-end of his second term and is not seeking re-election, making him possibly freer to choose a course of action without fear of political repercussions.”

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