“Abdullah al-Senussi was arrested in al-Guira region in the south of the country,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Sunday.
Senussi is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his “crucial” role in organizing a plan to use “any means necessary” to suppress the Libyan revolution. On June 27, the ICC issued warrants against Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah al-Senussi for committing crimes against humanity during the crackdown on anti-regime protests.
According to the ICC, Senussi was a “perpetrator of crimes against humanity of murder and persecution based on political grounds” committed in Libya’s port city of Benghazi.
“Senussi was instructed by Muammar Gaddafi to implement the plan of deterring and quelling civilian demonstrations against the regime in Benghazi… and directly instructed the troops to attack civilians demonstrating in the city,” the Hague-based tribunal pointed out.
Senussi, the brother-in-law and former right-hand man of Gaddafi, is also wanted by the French government for his involvement in the bombing of a UTA airliner in 1989, which resulted in the death of at least 170 people.
Senussi’s capture comes only one day after 39-year-old Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was arrested in the south of Libya.
Muammar Gaddafi was killed by Libyan revolutionaries in his hometown of Sirte, situated 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, on October 20, eight months into the revolution that put an end to his 42-year-long dictatorship.
On October 25, Gaddafi and his slain son Mu’tassim were buried in a secret location in the North African country.