Tripoli: April 6
Two top Qaddafi ministers are on the run after international arrest warrants were issued for them.
At the request of . . .[restrict]the Libyan government, INTERPOL has produced the warrants for former Interior Minister Alozyre Al-Senussi and his deputy Naser Al-Mabrouk on a range of charges including illegal arrest, unjustified detention and torture.
The INTERPOL Red Notices, the highest form of alert that the international police organisation can issue, request its 190 member states to detain and hand over suspects to Libya. INTERPOL has no actual powers of arrest itself but sovereign states are expected to comply with these Red Notices.
The organisation’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit said that it is liaising in particular with police forces in North Africa and West Africa to be certain that border control points are aware of the suspects’ high-level wanted status.
The FIS chief Stefano Carvelli commented that Libya’s request for the Red Notices for Al-Senussi, aged 63 and Mabrouk, 60, was continuing evidence of the interim government’s commitment to the rule of law.
He added: “Through issuing Red Notices, INTERPOL continues to support Libya in their efforts to target and arrest those individuals who have committed serious crimes and in ensuring that they are brought to justice to face the charges against them.”
Almost exactly a year ago, INTERPOL issued Orange Notices for 16 Libyans including Qaddafi himself and members of his family. However Alozyre and Mabrouk were not on that original list. Al-Senussi is reported to have fled Tripoli some days before the capital fell to the revolutionaries. . In 2005 Al-Mabrouk was Secretary for the Public Security Committee