Government officials said in August that Saif al-Islam’s
trial on war crimes charges – the most high-profile prosecution
of a figure from his late father’s entourage to date – was due
to begin in September.
But the arrest on Wednesday of Abdullah Senussi, the former
spy chief known as “Gaddafi’s black box”, appears to have pushed
that date back, postponing a trial that a lawyer from the
International Criminal Court (ICC) has already said is unlikely
to be fair.
Senussi was handed over to Libya by Mauritanian authorities
on Wednesday after being captured in the West African state in
March, triggering a tug of war between Libya, France and the ICC
for his extradition.