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Libya must hand over Seif Al – Islam Gaddafi

Monday, November 21, 2011

LIBYA: Libya must hand over Seif al-Islam, the son of Moamer Kadhafi, to the International Criminal Court, an official said Saturday, while holding out the prospect of a trial in Tripoli.

An ICC spokesman said chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo would travel to Libya next week for talks with the new regime, as world leaders called on the authorities in Tripoli to ensure that justice was done.

Seif was arrested in the south of Libya, a senior National Transitional Council official said Saturday, almost a month to the day since the capture and gruesome killing of his father Moamer Kadhafi.

Russia’s special representative for Africa Mikhail Margelov articulated the concerns of the international community quite clearly.

“We are happy that this time the new authorities in Libya did not resort to summary justice for Seif al-Islam, the son of the ousted leader Kadhafi,” he said Saturday.

Seif, who was considered Kadhafi’s heir apparent, is wanted by the court for crimes against humanity, allegedly committed during the former regime’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in February.

He, his father, and Kadhafi’s security chief Adullah al-Senussi, were all accused of having orchestrated the deadly operations against the protesters to put down the revolt by “any means necessary”.

The security forces, acting on their orders, killed or wounded, hundreds of anti-regime demonstrators, arresting hundreds of others as they tried to quash the uprising, which began in mid-February.

“We are coordinating with the Libyan ministry of justice to ensure that any solution in regards to Seif al-Islam’s arrest is in accordance with the law,” Moreno-Ocampo’s spokeswoman Florence Olara told AFP.

ICC spokesman Fadi Al-Abdallah told AFP that the Libyan authorities were obliged to cooperate with the ICC and surrender him to the court as required by the UN resolution on Libya.

“If they want a trial in Libya, they must submit a request for dismissal and procedures in Libya must be conducted on the same charges as those contained in the warrant of the ICC,” Abdallah added.
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