- Title: LIBYA: Tunisia extradites former Gaddafi PM to Libya
- Date: 25th June 2012
- Summary: TRIPOLI (JUNE 24, 2012) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) AL BAGHDADI ALI AL-MAHMOUDI WALKING WITH POLICEMAN AL-MAHMOUDI SITTING INSIDE A ROOM WITH POLICE CLOSE OF AL-MAHMOUDI WITH LIBYAN FLAG MORE OF AL-MAHMOUDI CLOSE OF AL-MAHMOUDI'S PASSPORT CLOSE AL-MAHMOUDI KHALED AL SHAREF, LIBYAN PRISONS DIRECTOR AL BAGHDADI'S PASSPORT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHALED AL- SHAREF, PRISONS DIRECTOR SAYING: "A delegation went from Libya, headed by the chief of army staff, General Yousef al Manqush." CLOSE OF AL-MAHMOUDI'S PASSPORT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHALED AL- SHAREF, PRISONS DIRECTOR SAYING: "They went with an air ambulance to Tunis, the plane landed in Tunis and there we receive al Baghdadi according to official procedures." OFFICIALS AND GUARD WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHALED AL- SHAREF, PRISONS DIRECTOR SAYING: "The prosecutor will start the legal action and the investigation and he will bring Baghdadi to justice." AL-MAHMOUDI BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
- Embargoed: 10th July 2012 13:00
- Location: Libya
- Country: Libya
- Topics: International Relations,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAANR37GBAXTN6C5QCAQ1NX0CK5
- Story Text: Tunisia extradited deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's former prime minister on Sunday (June 24), making him the first senior official to be returned for trial under Libya's transitional leadership.
Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib told reporters on Sunday that the Justice Ministry was holding Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi in prison.
"The suspect is in the custody of the judicial police as per an arrest warrant ordered by the prosecutor general's office charging him with committing crimes against the Libyan people," said Keib.
Mahmoudi served as the ousted Libyan leader's prime minister from 2006 until he fled to neighbouring Tunisia around the time that rebel fighters took Tripoli in August last year.
His extradition could establish a precedent for other countries that have given refuge to or arrested members of Gaddafi's old entourage.
Libya's government and the International Criminal Court - which indicted Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam in June for crimes against humanity stemming from the crackdown on last year's revolt - have argued for months over where he should be tried.
Tripoli considers it a matter of national pride and a mark of Libya's transformation for Saif al-Islam and other Gaddafi loyalists to be tried in Libya. But human rights groups question whether Libya's justice system can meet international legal standards
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