Libya's government spokesman said Wednesday Mauritania has agreed to extradite Moamer Kadhafi's former spy chief, who is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court.
"We have obtained an agreement from Mauritania to deliver Senussi to Libya where he will receive a fair trial. No date has been decided upon but it will be very soon," said spokesman Nasser al-Manaa.
"We respect the juducial procedures in Mauritania which will take time to finish, but it is simply a question of time."
Manaa is part of a Libyan delegation which arrived in Nouakchott Monday to lobby for the handover of Kadhafi's feared former right-hand man, who was arrested at the Mauritanian capital's airport on Friday.
Libya's vice premier Mustafa Abu Shagur said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he had secured the extradition of Senussi, whom the country wants to try on home soil, after talks with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
However a Mauritanian source close to the case said: "Nouakchott is not in a hurry, in this case all the norms and procedures must be respected. Mauritania will take its time."
"Any initiative in this regard would constitute in the future a basis of close links between the two brother nations," Abdel Jalil said in a brief statement carried by Libya's official news agency LANA.
Senussi is also wanted by France, which has sentenced him in his absence for the blowing up of an airliner, and the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes committed during last year's uprising which ended in Kadhafi's death.
Source: AFP Global Edition