Demand Fair Trial for Daughter of Former Libyan Military Intelligence Chief

Target: H.E. Ali Hamida Ashour, Libyan Minister of Justice and Human Rights

Goal: Give Anoud Abdallah al-Senussi, the daughter of former Libyan military intelligence chief, fair treatment and a fair trial.

Anoud Abdallah al-Senussi was recently taken into police custody and charged with entering the country with a forged document. According to reports, her passport did not include her full name, raising concerns that the document was counterfeit. After interrogation, al-Senussi was detained at a prison in Tripoli where her family members were barred from visiting her. Finally, al-Senussi was scheduled to have a court date in Tripoli but prison authorities never transported her to the courthouse. These facts raise serious concerns about her welfare.

Her father, Abdullah al-Senussi, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for two crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Benghazi in 2011. Abdullah was arrested in Mauritia in 2012 and deported back to Libya to face trial. Human rights organizations believe that Abdullah al-Senussi is believed to have committed other human rights crimes such as the execution of 1,200 prisoners in 1996 that had attempted to escape. It is for these reasons that there are concerns for the health of Abdullah’s daughter, Anoud Abdallah.

Sign this petition and urge Libyan authorities to confirm the well being of Anoud Abdallah al-Senussi. She must be given the chance at a fair trial that lives up to international standards, including the appointment of a competent defense attorney. Amnesty International has reported that lawyers defending alleged Gaddafi supporters have been targets of harassment and physical violence. Al-Senussi’s rights must be assured by the fledgling Libyan government so that they may set the right human rights precedent for their ‘new’ country.


Dear H.E. Ali Hamida Ashour,

Anoud Abdallah al-Senussi was taken into custody on October 6, charged with entering the country with a forged document. We are concerned with reports that family members have not been able to get in contact with her and that she missed a court date on October 21 as she was not transported there by prison authorities. These facts raise serious concerns about her welfare.

Ms. Al-Senussi must be given the chance at a fair trial that lives up to international standards. She must also be appointed a defense lawyer that will represent her fairly. Ensuring the rights of Ms. Al-Senussi will improve the perception of the human rights record of your fledgling government. We ask that you verify the welfare of Anoud Abdallah al-Senussi and give her the opportunity for a fair trial.


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