Libyan authorities asked Mauritania on Saturday to extradite Abudllah al- Senussi,former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief, government spokesman Nasser al-Manee said on Saturday.
Abudllah al- Senussi was arrested Friday night at the airport of Nouakchott, Mauritania, a Mauritanian security source conveyed. The former military intelligence chief is wanted by the International Criminal Court. France, like Libya, will seek his extradition.
He was arrested by Mauritanian security services when he arrived from Casablanca (Morocco) for a scheduled flight, the source said, adding he was traveling with "a forged Malian passport."
TASS news said that the man was detained at Nouakchott Airport with a fake Malian passport in his hands.
It is still unclear what are the intentions of the Mauritanian government regarding him, especially if he is to be handed over to the ICC.
France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy hailed the arrest on Saturday and said that an extradition request would be made "in the coming hours."
" Abudllah al- Senussi is indeed the subject of international arrest warrant following his conviction in absentia to life imprisonment in the case of the terrorist attack of September 19, 1989 against UTA flight 772, which has killed 170 people, including 54 French " , said the Elysee.
Al-Senussi, aged 62, was among the inner circle surrounding Gaddafi.
Security sources in Niger and Mali said in October 2011 that Abudllah al- Senussi disappeared since the fall of Tripoli, in August 2011. He likely left to Niger and Mali.
Meanwhile, clashes between supporters and opponents of federalism in eastern Libya claimed the life of one person on Friday.
Fresh clashes have erupted in Libya over calls for a federal system of governance and a plan to divide the country into three self-governing regions. Libya was a federal union from 1951 to 1963 during the monarchy of Idris Senussi, which split the country into three states -- Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan.
On Sunday,the Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence chief Abudllah al- Senussi.