Ban Asks Libya To Cooperate

7 September 2012

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Libyan authorities to cooperate with the International Criminal Court, which will likely be asked to decide whether Moammar Gadhafi's notorious spy chief can be tried in Libya for crimes against humanity stemming from last year's government crackdown on rebels.

Abdullah al-Senoussi was arrested in March in Mauritania and handed over to Libyan officials on Wednesday. Libya's Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib said he will be tried in the country for his alleged role in aircraft bombings and atrocities.

But U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Thursday that ``we would encourage the Libyan authorities to cooperate with the International Criminal Court.''

The ICC has issued a warrant for al-Senoussi and Nesirky said it will be up to the tribunal to decide where he should be tried.