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5 May, 2014

Representing Libyan spy chief


Alamuddin is representing Abdullah al-Senussi, Colonel Gaddafi’s former spy chief, who is accused of numerous atrocities against his people. She is helping the 64-year-old appeal against the decision to allow his trial to take place in Libya, where he could face the death penalty. al-Senussi was convicted in absentia by a French court for the 1989 bombing of a French airliner. In Libya he is accused of overseeing a prison massacre of 1,200 inmates as well as torture and hangings. He was charged along with Gaddafi’s playboy son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, with war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

Under United Nations rules, the ICC was due to hear the case unless Libya could prove that it was capable of overseeing it. Libya was given approval last October, despite allegations that al-Senussi had been mistreated  in custody. Alamuddin said Libya refused to allow her or any of his ICC-appointed defence team to visit him

The whole point of the ICC is to be there when national systems cannot do the job. Instead, it is giving a flawed, dangerous process the stamp of approval.

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