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Gadhafi Spy Chief Held in Mauritania

An undated reproduction of a photo of Abdallah Senussi, Libyan leader General Gadhafi's brother-in-law.
An undated reproduction of a photo of Abdallah Senussi, Libyan leader General Gadhafi's brother-in-law.

Interpol has issued an alert seeking the arrest and extradition of Moammar Gadhafi's former spy chief following his detention in Mauritania.

The international police organization said Sunday it issued the "Red Notice" for the arrest of Abdullah al-Senoussi at Libya's request.

The Interpol notice says the former intelligence chief is wanted for embezzling public funds and misusing his power for personal benefit.

France and the International Criminal Court have both sought to prosecute Senoussi on charges of crimes against humanity.

Senoussi is believed to have fled Libya during last year's popular uprising that toppled the Gadhafi government.

Authorities in Mauritania say they detained him Saturday after he arrived on a flight from Casablanca with a fake Malian passport.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant for Senoussi last June for his alleged actions during government attempts to crush the Libyan uprising.

A French court earlier convicted Senoussi in absentia for the 1989 bombing of an airliner over Niger.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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