Qaddafi’s intelligence chief, Abdallah Senoussi, has been captured: NTC
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Muammar Qaddafi’s intelligence chief Abdallah Senoussi, wanted by the International Criminal Court, has been captured near the southern town of Sabha, where he was hiding at his sister’s house, Al Arabiya correspondent reported on Sunday, quoting Libya’s National Transitional Council.
A day after Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam was captured in the same general region, Abdul Hafiz Ghoga confirmed in a news conference that Senoussi, the elder Qaddafi’s brother-in-law and loyal confidant, had been seized. Earlier, an NTC military official said Senoussi,had been surrounded at a house owned by his sister.
The Al Arabiya corresponded said NTC fighters from Zintan, in coordination from Sabha fighters, captured Senoussi, but that it was not clear where they were keeping him.
The International Criminal Court indicted Senoussi, 62, along with Qaddafi and Seif al-Islam in June this year for war crimes over alleged armed attacks on civilians in anti-Qaddafi regions shortly after the onset of the uprising in February.
Soon after the revolt blew up, media reports said that Senoussi had joined then-foreign minister Moussa Koussa in defecting. These reports about al- Senoussi were later denied.
A U.S. national security official said U.S. government agencies were aware that Senoussi, together with Seif al-Islam, had been involved in making some early peace overtures to rebels but they were rejected.