NEWSMAKER-Former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi

Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:38pm GMT

By Alastair Macdonald

TRIPOLI Nov 20 (Reuters) - Abdullah al-Senussi inspired fear and hatred among ordinary Libyans for decades as the intelligence chief, right-hand man and brother-in-law of Muammar Gaddafi before the Libyan dictator's fall to a popular insurrection in August.

After three months on the run, Senussi was captured in Libya's remote southern desert on Sunday by transitional government (NTC) fighters.

Senussi, the last significant former regime figure still at large, was trapped one day after the capture of Gaddafi's heir-apparent son Saif al-Islam and a month after the elder Gaddafi was seized and lynched by vengeful NTC gunmen.

The International Criminal Court indicted Senussi along with Muammar Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam in June this year for war crimes over alleged armed attacks on civilians in anti-Gaddafi regions shortly after the onset of the uprising in February.

Soon after the revolt blew up, media reports said that Senussi had joined then-foreign minister Moussa Koussa in defecting. These reports about al-Senussi were later denied.

A U.S. national security official said U.S. government agencies were aware that Senussi, together with Saif al-Islam, had been involved in making some early peace overtures to rebels but they were rejected.

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