The Senusi tribe fears for him the fate of “Ebu Ajila”
The Senusi tribe fears for him the fate of “Ebu Ajila”
Calls for protests and demonstrations in front of the US embassy in Libya and the headquarters of the United Nations
Thursday – Jumada al-Awwal 22, 1444 AH – December 15, 2022.
Abdullah Al-Senussi in front of the court at the previous session (Reuters)
Cairo: Gamal Gohar
The al-Maqarha tribe in Libya fears that Abdullah al-Senussi, the head of Libya’s intelligence service under the former regime, will suffer the fate of Abu Ajil Masoud al-Muraimi, who was “handed over” by the government of Abdel Hamid al-Dabaib to the United States, and is currently is under investigation for “his involvement in making the bomb that was used in the attack.” The bombing of an American airliner over the Scottish city of Lockerbie in 1988.
Al-Senussi (age 72), who belongs to the Al-Magarha tribe and is the son-in-law of late President Muammar Gaddafi, is considered one of the most powerful men of the former regime and was sentenced to death in 2015 on charges of suppressing the “February 17 Revolution” in 2011. , but at the end of 2019 the court acquitted him. In the capital Tripoli, with others from a similar verdict in the “Abu Salim Prison” case, however, the Supreme Court of the country overturned the verdict about a year ago and tried again, assigning it to a new criminal circuit.
Sheikh Haroun Arhuma, one of the dignitaries of the al-Maqarha tribe, said in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat that the political atmosphere in Libya “leads us to fear that the Dabaib government will hand over Senussi and what remains in the prisons, symbols of the former regime, to America, as it was with Abu Ajila.
Al-Dabaiba’s government faces many political and popular accusations over the November 16 kidnapping and handover to the United States of Abu Ajil, a former Libyan intelligence officer from the Gaddafi era, on suspicion of being “involved in the bombing” of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie . ) in Scotland in 1988; As a result, 259 people were killed, including 190 Americans, and 11 people on the ground.
Sheikh Haroun explained: “Al-Senussi has been suffering from a very bad health condition for years and we have asked all the official authorities to release him many times, for fear of his death in prison, but there has been no response from them.” Haroun continued, saying, “The man has undergone two operations, and they are preventing us from visiting him. We want him out of prison to continue his treatment, instead of dying there without us realizing it.”
He went on to say, “In light of Dabiba’s government’s desire to hold on to the seat, we also fear for the fate of Abdullah Mansour, Ahmed Ibrahim and Mansour Al-Daw.” They are symbols of the past regime and they are all in prison in Misrata.
The Senussi tribe’s fears grew after Western media circulated his name again, claiming he was involved in the Lockerbie bombing. Sheikh Haroun said: “Many Ajeelats are on the way, in light of the desire of Al-Dabaiba and his group to hold onto the chairs.”
And Abdullah Mansour, the former director of internal security during the Gaddafi era, was taken over by Libya from Niger in 2014. As for Ahmed Mansour, he is the assistant secretary general of the “General People’s Congress”, alongside Al-Dawa, the former commander of the National Guard, who ordered the military prosecutors to release him on September 20, but said: “We have nothing to do with the implementation of the order to release Daou, far from it.”
Regarding their situation in prison, Sheikh Haroun said that the three figures are in prisons in Misrata, “but they are taking revenge on Senussi in Maitika prison, which is run by (deterrence forces) led by Abdul Raouf Kara, in light of his serious health condition, with considering that he suffers from heart disease.” and liver cancer.”
And Sheikh Harun threatened that the Senussi tribe “do not remain silent if something bad happens to them.” If he dies in prison, there will be a big problem.” He called for his quick release, after saying that “all the courts before which his innocence has been proven insist on the continuation of his imprisonment”.
And he went on to say that Libya “does not have a unified government, just as the United Nations has no real role,” noting that “all the leaders of the government, including Dabaiba and Aqil Saleh, the speaker of the House of Representatives, called on them to release him, but they did nothing. “
Sheikh Harun concluded that what happened to “Abu Ajila” was sponsored by the American ambassador, who rewarded the bear by keeping him in power. Colonel Al-Senussi is the husband of the sister of Safia Farkash, the second wife of the late President Muammar Gaddafi, and was in his very close circle throughout his reign, which exceeded 42 years, and is still being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.
As Libya’s attorney general, Counselor Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, announced the opening of an investigation into Abu Ajila’s extradition, Fathi Bashagha’s parallel government said its Foreign Ministry would assign an international law firm to defend him.
Foreign Minister Hafez Kaddour called on “Libyan legal experts to contribute to the assigned law firm and coordinate with it in this regard as soon as it is selected.”
According to local media, the presidential council has called on Al-Dabaiba to reveal the circumstances surrounding Abu Ajila’s extradition to the United States, after referring a complaint filed by his family to the public prosecutor for investigation.
In the same context, representatives of civil society institutions in Libya called for the launch of public and private public donation campaigns with the intention of appointing an international legal team to defend Abu Ageila, indicating that they are in the process of escalating their steps with the aim of returning him.
Yesterday (Wednesday), 85 Libyan figures asked the International Criminal Court, the UN mission and the Supreme Judicial Council to intervene to return Abu Ajila. They also called on citizens to protest against what they described as the “crime of kidnapping”. and sit in front of the United States embassy and the headquarters of the United Nations and its organizations operating in Libya and abroad to condemn it.. Submitted by Abu Ageila.