Qadhafi's son and former intelligence chief should get fair trial, urges UN human rights chief

Saif Al Islam Qadhafi

The arrests of Muammar Qadhafi's son and the former Director of Military Intelligence have enormous significance for the future of justice in Libya, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

Saif al-Islam Qadhafi was reportedly seized on Saturday near the southern town of Obari by forces of Libya's interim authorities, the National Transitional Council (NTC).

While former intelligence Chief, Abdullah Al Sanousi, also surrendered near the city of Sabha.

Pillay also welcomed assurances by Libyan authorities that the two would be treated humanely and granted a fair trial in line with international standards.

Martin Nesirky is the Secretary-General's Spokesperson.

"Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, welcomed the capture in Libya of Saif Al Islam Qadhafi and former chief of intelligence Abdullah Al Senussi, both of whom are subject to International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants. Ms. Pillay warmly welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister that Saif Al Islam Qadhafi will be treated humanely and tried fairly in line with international standards. She said that Libyans have the right to see that justice is done, and added that the Libyan authorities should ensure that the suspects are detained in humane conditions".

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Navi Pillay is also urging the NTC to cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court or ICC.

 In June, the ICC had issued arrest warrants for Muammar Qadhafi, Saif al-Islam and Abdullah Al Sanousi for their roles in attacks against protesters, many of whom were killed, when opposition forces rose up against the regime.

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