By Ashraf Wahab.
Tripoli, 22 February 2013:
A guard at the Tripoli prison where Abdullah Senussi is being held has been arrested and . . .[restrict]charged with smuggling in a mobile phone for Qaddafi’s former intelligence chief to use.
A government source said the guard, known only as “R.A” had taken the phone to Senussi in his cell at Hadba Al-Khadra prison, so that he could make calls. The chain of events leading to the discovery of this arrangement is unclear. However one call that the prisoner placed was reportedly traced to a house in Tripoli. A raid on the property led to the arrest of a woman, referred to by the source as “J.T”, a former member of Qaddafi’s female body guards, who were known as “The Revolutionary Nuns”. A second unidentified person was also detained.
Security personnel reportedly found personal weapons, Thuraya satellite phones and an internet receiver at the house. The Ministry of the Interior could not be contacted today for further details.
Senussi is facing charges for crimes against humanity. He is currently the subject of a tussle between the International Criminal Court, which wants him extradited to stand trial in the Hague and the Libyan authorities, who wish to try him here. He was arrested last year in Mauretania for travelling on false documents and extradited to Libya in September.
Unood Senussi, one of the prisoner’s daughters, is facing trial for having entered Libya on a forged passport. She was arrested on 6 October in a city centre hotel, just a few hours after she had arrived at Tripoli Airport, travelling from Algeria via an unspecified other country. The 18-year old was said to have been found in possession of a “large amount” of US currency. [/restrict]