Fezzan tribes give Al-Dabaiba 72 hours to free Al-Senussi

The tribes of the Fezzan region have given Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba 72 hours to release important leaders of the former regime, led by the director of intelligence during the era of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi Abdullah al-Senussi, who is one of the names mentioned in the Anglo-American investigation relating to the Lockerbie bombing, and is believed to have had a hand in this incident.

Al-Senussi, who was the second man of the Gaddafi regime, is being held in a prison in Tripoli since 2012, along with dozens of former regime pillars, following his conviction for his role in killing protesters during the 2011 protests revolt against the Gaddafi government.

On Wednesday, the tribes of the Fezzan region asked the Tripoli institutions to release Senussi and his companions within 72 hours, threatening to adopt escalating measures in the event in their families were not released, as they said: They will strike with an iron fist and take whatever they see fit to release them after the expiry of the term they have set.

Members of the Senussi tribe have appeared, in a video release, denouncing the kidnapping and extradition of Abu Ajila Masoud al-Marimi to foreign authorities for trial, and spoke about the injustice faced by political prisoners in prison, led by Abdullah al-Senussi, underlining their deprivation of the most basic rights guaranteed by law.

This tribal move comes in coincides with the return to the limelight of the Lockerbie bombing case and the start of the trial against “Abu Ageila Masoud Al-Marimi”, one of the suspects of this incident before the American judiciary after being handed over from Libya, amid fears that Al-Senussi may meet the same fate and be the next target, the very one whose name was mentioned in the investigation into the incident.

In 2015, the United States and Scotland named Abu Ajila Masoud al-Marimi and Abdullah al-Senussi, suspects in the 1988 plane bombing of the city of “Lockerbie”, in which killed 270 people, as it is likely that the two suspects had helped Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the case, who died in 2012.

This came after an American-British investigative team conducted criminal investigations with Al-Senussi at his prison in the capital, Tripoli, to obtain information from him in the file of the downing of the plane.

Meanwhile, the state of anger continues in Libya against the government of Abdul Hameed al-Dabaiba, which denounces the extradition of Abu Ajila Masoud al-Marimi to the United States for trial in a case that has been resolved and closed between the two countries since 2008, amid demands that those involved in his extradition be prosecuted.