There have been numerous twists and turns in the cases of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah al-Senussi. Senussi was allegedly bought for $200 million from Mauritania and held there for months before being surrendered to Libya in September 2012. Saif’s defence counsel were detained for almost a month in Zintan after meeting him in June 2012. Senussi’s case has been declared inadmissible at the ICC, meaning he’ll be tried in Libya by Libyan. In Saif’s case, judges rejected Libya’s admissibility challenge because he remains in the detention of a Zintan-based militia and not the central government.
Now, the Presiding Judge in the cases has resigned. It is not clear what prompted the resignation but it could have significant implications on the Libya cases.
It remains to be seen how this will affect Saif’s admissibility ruling which is currently under appeal. It could foreseeably prolong any future judgements. But it could also mean little if there’s nothing left for the Judges to do. If that’s the case, this may signal the end rather than a curious new turn in this ongoing saga.