Mauritania shipped the man who served as spy chief to deposed Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi to Libya on Wednesday, where the prime minister assured reporters he would get a fair trial, according to local and international media.
Abdullah Senussi, brother-in-law to the late Kadafi, was arrested in Mauritania in March. The West African country had planned to put him on trial for illegally entering the country, but Libya protested that he should be sent back to face much graver charges of crimes against humanity.
Pictures spread on social media Wednesday showed a thickly bearded Senussi getting off a plane. A video clip showed bystanders chanting, "The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain," as Senussi left the helicopter and got into a black vehicle, the Associated Press reported.
Libyans believe Senussi was behind a notorious prison massacre that killed roughly 1,200 inmates in 1996. Senussi also faces a warrant for his arrest from the International Criminal Court, which alleges he was an "indirect perpetrator" of murder and persecution, which are crimes against humanity.