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Hague hails Gaddafi aide arrest

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed the arrest of Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief - saying Abdullah Al-Senussi must face trial for his part in last year's brutal repression in Libya.

Al-Senussi, who was also wanted in connection with the bombing of a French airliner in 1989, was seized by security officials at an airport in Mauritania while travelling on a fake passport.

The arrest, which took place as the fugitive arrived on a flight from the Moroccan city of Casablanca to the capital Nouakchott, was confirmed by a spokesman for Libya's ruling National Transitional Council.

Mr Hague said: "Like others who have sought to evade justice, he must now be held to account for his actions and face trial on the charges brought against him.

"I congratulate the Mauritanian authorities for detaining him and encourage all involved to co-operate fully with the ICC (International Criminal Court) under UN Security Council Resolution 1970.

"The detention of the final Libya ICC indictee now offers the Libyan authorities the opportunity to focus fully on rebuilding their country and continuing the transition to democracy."

In a message clearly pointed at the Syrian regime, he added: "Al-Senussi's arrest is a further reminder that people at all levels should think carefully about the consequences of their actions - whether they are ordering attacks on civilians, carrying out such attacks or otherwise suppressing the wishes of people wanting a better future.

"The reach of justice is long and there will come a day when they are held to account."

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