Continued from page 1

LIBYA

Libya denies Gadhafi, Al-Senoussi trials soon

THE HAGUE — Libyan authorities say the trials of one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons and the slain dictator’s former spy chief are not scheduled to start next month, after all.

Lawyers for Libya’s new rulers said Tuesday in a letter to the International Criminal Court that investigations into Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and Abdullah al-Senoussi are close to completion and pretrial proceedings will likely begin in February.

The letter came after the court asked Libya to explain reports that their trial was set for February.

The court has indicted Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and Mr. al-Senoussi on crimes against humanity charges stemming from the elder Gadhafi’s brutal crackdown on the 2011 rebellion that toppled his four-decade dictatorship.

But Libya has said it wants to try both men instead of sending them to The Hague to face justice.

From wire dispatches and staff reports