Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur Al-Ghaith and Justice Minister Ali Humaida Ashour have flown to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott for . . .[restrict]talks aimed at ensuring the extradition of Abdullah Senussi to Libya as soon as possible. Sources there said a meeting between them and President Mohammad Ould Abdel-Aziz would take place early on Tuesday.
The two men are accompanied by officials from the ministries of the interior and foreign affairs.
Speaking on arrival at Nouakchott airport, Shagour said that there were close ties between the two countries who are members of the Arab Maghreb Union as well as the Arab League.
“We are attached to those ties and we are determined to take back Abdullah Al-Senussi because he has committed crimes against Libyans, so that he can be judged in Libya by Libyan justice,” he said.
Senussi was captured at Nouakchott airport, reportedly overnight on Friday/Saturday, while in transit between Casablanca and Mali.
Libya has already sent an extradition request to hand over Qaddafi’s intelligence chief but Mauritania said that it will not consider any extradition requests until it has completed its own investigations.
France and the International Criminal Court which issued a warrant last June for Senussi’s arrest for crimes against humanity have also sent requests to Nouakchott for Senussi’s extradition. [/restrict]