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International court appeals judges confirm that Gadhafi-era spy chief can be tried in Libya

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court have upheld a decision that allows Libyan authorities to put on trial a former intelligence chief from Moammar Gadhafi's era.

The appeals panel confirmed Thursday that the case against Abdullah al-Senoussi should not be handled by the Hague-based court because prosecutors in Libya are pursuing similar charges against him.

PHOTO: Judge Kuenyehia from Ghana, back row center, sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Appeals judges at the ICC have upheld a decision to allow a Moammar Gadhafi-era intelligence chief to be put on trial in Libya. The appeals panel ruled Thursday that the case against Abdullah al-Senoussi should not be handled by the Hague-based court because prosecutors in Libya are pursuing similar charges against him. The ICC indicted Al-Senoussi in 2011 on crimes against humanity charges of murder and persecution allegedly committed during Gadhafi’s unsuccessful attempt to put down a popular revolt against his regime. Al-Senoussi is currently in detention in Libya. (AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool)
Judge Kuenyehia from Ghana, back row center, sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Appeals judges at the ICC have upheld a decision to allow a Moammar Gadhafi-era intelligence chief to be put on trial in Libya. The appeals panel ruled Thursday that the case against Abdullah al-Senoussi should not be handled by the Hague-based court because prosecutors in Libya are pursuing similar charges against him. The ICC indicted Al-Senoussi in 2011 on crimes against humanity charges of murder and persecution allegedly committed during Gadhafi’s unsuccessful attempt to put down a popular revolt against his regime. Al-Senoussi is currently in detention in Libya. (AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool)

The ICC indicted Al-Senoussi in 2011 on charges of murder and persecution allegedly committed during Gadhafi's unsuccessful attempt to put down a popular revolt.

Last year, ICC judges ruled that the case is inadmissible before their court because of the Libyan case.

Defense attorneys appealed that decision, but appeals judges have now upheld it.

Al-Senoussi is currently in detention in Libya.

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