A government statement read on national radio states that Mauritania has agreed to extradite Moammar Qaddafi's former spy chief, months after he tried to slip into Mauritania wearing a disguise and traveling on a fake passport. An official said Abdullah al-Senoussi is already on a plane headed to Libya.

The communique published on Wednesday states that he would be sent to Libya for trial. Both Libya and the International Criminal Court had asked to try him, but for months Mauritania had said that they should be allowed to try him themselves.

An official in the ministry of foreign affairs who requested anonymity because he's not authorized to speak to the press said a Libyan delegation was in Nouakchott for negotiations. He said Senoussi left Mauritania Wednesday on a Libya-bound flight.