An international rights group is urging Libyan authorities to give an ex-spy chief indicted for alleged crimes against humanity access to a lawyer.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Wednesday that its team visited Abdullah al-Senoussi in prison earlier this month and that he did not complain of any physical mistreatment in prison, but said he didn't have a lawyer.

Al-Senoussi was indicted by The International Criminal Court in June 2011 for crimes against humanity during brutal attempts to put down the Libyan rebellion that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi after four decades in power.

Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch says al-Senoussi needs to be granted the rights the Gadhafi regime long denied to the Libyan people.