[This is the headline over a report published in today’s edition of The Scotsman. It reads in part:]
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered Libya to hand over Abdullah al-Senussi -- the man suspected of having orchestrated the Lockerbie bombing.
Experts believe that Senussi, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s former spy chief, has information that could help the US and UK establish the full facts about the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, in which 270 people died. But the order places the Hague-based court on a collision course with Libya’s new rulers, who say Gaddafi-era leaders in their custody should face local justice over charges of mass-
killings and other atrocities.
Senussi is suspected of having been responsible for recruiting Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in connection with the bombing, who died in May last year following his release from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August 2009 by justice secretary Kenny MacAskill.
Both Senussi and Megrahi were members of one of Libya’s biggest tribes, the Magarha.
Yesterday, ICC judges said Libya must extradite Senussi over his alleged role in orchestrating reprisals against protesters in the 2011 uprising that overthrew Gaddafi.
“Libya remains under obligation to comply with the surrender request,” the judges said.
They also insisted that he should be allowed to see his lawyer, adding they would decide later how to respond if the north African state continues to hold Senussi. The court has the power to refer the matter to the United Nations Security Council. (...)
Despite having risen from relatively low beginnings, Senussi became one of Libya’s most powerful individuals. His marriage to Gaddafi’s sister-in-law saw him brought into the ruling circle, taking on various senior roles including deputy chief of external security.
He was also said to be a close adviser to Saif al-Islam, according to leaked US embassy documents.
The former intelligence chief is thought to have information about Libyans kidnapped and assassinated in Europe and elsewhere during Gaddafi’s rule, and the financing of terrorist organisations, especially in Africa.
[A similar report in The Guardian can be read here. It contains the following paragraph:]
Senussi's lengthy service as spy chief means he may be in possession of crucial information relating not only to the Lockerbie bombing but also to the 1984 shooting of police officer Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London, as well as arms shipments to the IRA.