Two Suspects Arrested over Murder of Son of Ex-Libyan Military Intelligence Chief


The Libyan authorities have announced the arrest of two suspects involved in the killing of the son of Muammer Gaddafi’s Intelligence Chief, Abdullah Al-Senussi.

The Spokesman for the Sebha Security Directorate, Hassan Al-Naim said that Mohamed Al-Sennussi, son of Major General Abdullah Al-Senussi, was “stabbed to death in a quarrel due to a dispute over sums of money with the perpetrator.”

“After a fist fight, the perpetrator grabbed a knife and stabbed Mohamed Al-Senussi in one of his feet, which caused him to bleed until he died. Two of the four accused have been arrested, and are now under investigation. The main perpetrator is still on the run, and the police are searching for him,” the spokesman explained.

Mohamed Al-Senussi was found killed in Sebha, in southern Libya, on Wednsday. Sources claimed that the crime was caused by a family quarrel between Al-Senussi and his cousin, which led to him being stabbed several times.

The last appearance of the man was in December 2022, when he threatened to close all government institutions in southern Libya, if the Government of National Unity (GNU) did not release his father and his companions.

Al-Senussi, the father, was due to appear before the Tripoli Court of Appeal on Monday. The Rada militia holding him did not bring him to the courthouse, and his hearing was postponed for the third time in a row to 6 June. His lawyer ruled out that his client would be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, lawyer Ahmed Nashad said, “Al-Senussi’s opponents are well aware that if they took this step, it would mean an explosion of the situation in Libya.”

Nashad added that Al-Senussi’s trial is “proceeding as usual, but the problem lies in the Special Deterrence Force (Rada) holding him, and the extent of its commitment to submit to the instructions of the Attorney General.”

The lawyer indicated that if Al-Senussi had been brought to court, the session would have been devoted to “hearing my pleadings for defending him.”