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Libya:Gaddafis have ‘slim to no chance’ of Hague justice + Related Articles

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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A file picture taken on June 10, 2009 shows Libya’s leader Moamer Kadhafi addressing a press conference at Rome’s Quirinale presidential palace in Italy (AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)

The International Criminal Court is due to receive a suit against NATO over the killing of Libyan ex-leader Muammar Gaddafi. But the Gaddafi family’s chances of finding justice in The Hague are all too slim, says journalist James Corbett.

In their suit, which cites the “deliberate killing” of a person protected by the Geneva Convention, Gaddafi’s family will target NATO’s executive bodies and the leaders of its member states, their lawyer, Marcel Ceccaldi, said on Wednesday.
“NATO helicopters opened fire on [Gaddafi’s] convoy,” the lawyer told Agence France Presse. “This convoy did not pose any threat to civilians. It was an operation to eliminate the Libyan leader, planned by the North Atlantic alliance.”
This would be enough to qualify the incident as “a war crime by Article 8 of the ICC’s Rome Statute,” said Ceccaldi, who previously worked for Gaddafi’s regime and now represents his family. The exact date the complaint will be filed has yet to be announced.
The chances of Gaddafi’s family succeeding with their law suit can be regarded as “slim to none,” independent journalist James Corbett told RT. 
“I think the International Criminal Court is just an extension of NATO powers’ foreign policy,” he said, questioning the ICC’s entire role in the Libyan conflict.
In June, the Criminal Court in The Hague issued arrest warrants for Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the former regime’s intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi. The Court charged the three with “crimes against humanity” committed by pro-regime troops who used “lethal force” to quell the uprising against Gaddafi’s rule. This lead to Interpol issuing their own arrest warrants against the men.

Corbett underlines the ICC’s warrants were issued “despite not a single person from the Prosecutor’s Office so much as setting foot in Libya to check on any charges that have been brought.” With that in mind, it is hard to hope for any decision in favor of Gaddafi’s family, concludes the journalist. 
Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, died shortly after being captured alive by National Transitional Council fighters near his hometown of Sirte on October 20. The circumstances of his capture are still unclear, but NATO aircraft are confirmed to have fired on his convoy as it drove from the city.
A day after Gaddafi’s death, Reuters reported that his widow was urging a United Nations investigation into the incident.
Muammar Gaddafi’s body remained on display at a shopping center in the town of Misrata before being  buried at a secret location in the Libyan desert on Tuesday.




Gaddafi’s body cremated, ashes scattered – Arab mass media

 Muammar Gaddafi. Photo: EPA 

Contrary to Muammar Gaddafi’s last will and testament, his body was cremated, with the ash dispersed over the Mediterranean, in outright violation of Muslim law.

This comes in a statement by a leading Algerian information portal Algeria-ISP.

But officials of the National Transitional Council claim that the Colonel’s grave is in an unknown place in the Libyan Desert.

In keeping with Gaddafi’s bequeathal, he was to have been buried in Sirte, where his relatives had also been buried.

Muammar Gaddafi was killed near his hometown Sirte on the 20th of this month.

 Oct 26, 2011



Finally at rest: Gaddafi’s rotting corpse buried


 A picture dated on November 16, 2009 shows Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi prior to delivering a speech during the opening session of a World Summit on Food Security in Rome (AFP Photo / Pool / Alessandro Bianchi)

The ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was buried at dawn on Tuesday at a secret location in the desert. This ends the macabre wrangle over the former leader’s rotting corpse, which had been on public display for five days.

His son Mutassim and a former aide who were killed by the rebels along with Gaddafi were also buried. The ceremony was attended by four witnesses who swore on the Koran not to reveal the location of the graves, RT’s Anissa Naouai reports.

The three senior members of the toppled regime had been captured alive in the takeover of Gaddafi’s hometown, Sirte, on October 20, and apparently summarily executed afterwards. The UN Human Rights office has launched an investigation into the deaths.

The bodies had been then taken to Misrata and stored in a commercial refrigerator. They were put on public display and hundreds of revolutionary fighters flocked to see their dead enemies and take pictures of the corpses. The mocking imitation of a lying in State was cut short on Monday, when the decomposition of the bodies went so far that the stench became overwhelming.

Fighters in Misrata and the National Transitional Council had been arguing over when and where to bury Gaddafi since Thursday. The murky circumstances of Gaddafi’s death and the disgraceful treatment of his body by the winners have drawn criticism from some foreign observers.

“What we saw on all international channels was shocking, hideous, compelling and unexpected. It does not represent Muslim customs, nor the Arab dignity and humanity. The NTC bears the responsibility for that alongside those who actually killed Gaddafi,” Dr. Ayman Salama, Professor of international law earlier told RT.
Others hailed the death of the ousted Libyan leader, saying it marked a new dawn for the country.

­Vengeance from the grave
­Mark Almond, Visiting Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, says much discontent will come the NTC’s way once Libyans realize that getting the country back on track is going to be a long, hard process.
“More people will become nostalgic for Gaddafi’s regime if and when the new regime will not only be able to return the country to the way it was before – minus Gaddafi – but actually if they will not be able to produce the basic living standards that existed under Gaddafi,” Almond predicts.

Muammar Gaddafi has taken many secrets to the grave, from his involvement in financing Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential campaign or co-operation with American and British intelligence. But these secrets will not perish, believes the professor.

“Ironically, Gaddafi has taken his secrets to his grave but the shadow of dealing with him cast on the reputation of Tony Blair and Nicolas Sarkozy will not go away. Precisely because of this uncertain situation, suspicion will probably only grow,” Almond warns, explaining that after Gaddafi disappeared from the scene, Western leaders who got involved in murky dealings with the colonel will simply “not be able to prove their innocence.”

As for the vast stockpiles of arms that Gaddafi’s army accumulated over the years, including anti-air portable missile launchers, the professor believes that they have not only already infiltrated Egypt, Gaza and other volatile areas but will also end up in the EU, as happened 20 years ago after the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, when criminal groups around Europe got as much additional firepower as they wanted at bargain basement prices.




Last days of Qadhafi unveiled by his aide

A close aide to former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi has told a US newspaper about the colonel’s last days.

In an interview with The New York Times, the senior security official said he stayed with Qadhafi until the former leader was captured in his hometown of Sirte on October 20.

The aide said Qadhafi fled to Sirte in a convoy of about 10 people, including aides and guards, on August 21 when opposition forces took control of the capital, Tripoli.

He said that Qadhafi was very afraid of an attack by NATO, and became weary and impatient with life on the run as he and his aides moved every few days within the city.

There was little electricity or water, and the colonel had to survive on food that his aides scrounged from nearby emptied houses.

After 2 months in hiding in Sirte, Qadhafi tried to leave the city in a car.

The aide recalled that the colonel did not say much during the drive. NATO warplanes and fighters from the transitional authorities found him about half an hour after the car set out.

October 24, 2011



No mercy in death: Gaddafi’s remains on show

AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia
The world seems to show no mercy to the late Libyan ex-leader. While the horrific photos of his death have captivated mass media, his fellow countrymen are lining up for a family photo with his bloodstained body.

­Families with children line up to have a look at a body of the late Colonel Gaddafi, showcased since Friday in one of the commercial freezers at a shopping center in Misrata.
Hundreds of people wait outside the freezer for their turn to pose for photos with the dead colonel stored as a trophy.
Guards tried to control the crowd, allowing only by small groups into the room. But the flow was so intense that visiting hours had to be set – separate for women and children, and men.
Earlier, a senior member of the NTC promised that Gaddafi would be buried with respect according to Islamic tradition, but will not have a public funeral.
The fighters in Misrata said the body would be buried within 24 hours after the death, as Islamic tradition calls for quick interment. But then the interim government delayed the burial due to the need to determine the circumstances of his death.
On Friday, the United Nations human rights office urged that an inquiry into Gaddafi’s death be opened due to disturbing circumstances of his killing.
But now Agence France Presse reports military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said on Saturday that no post mortem would be carried out on the body.
“There will be no post mortem today, nor any day,” the Agency quotes Misrata military council spokesman Fathi al-Bashaagha as saying. “No one is going to open up his body.”
NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil, however, confirmed that Gaddafi’s death was being investigated without any reference to a post mortem examination.
On Friday, Libya’s information minister said no decision has been taken on when or where the body will be buried.
The tribe of the late Libyan ex-leader called on the UN, Organization of the Islamic Conference and Amnesty International for a chance to bury Colonel Gaddafi and his son.
“We call on the UN, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Amnesty International to force the [National] Transitional Council to hand over the martyrs’ bodies to our tribe in Sirte and to allow them to perform their burial ceremony in accordance with Islamic customs and rules,” British newspaper The Guardian quotes the statement as saying.
What to do with the fallen dictator’s corpse is the subject of a row inside the National Transitional Council, reports the newspaper. Libya’s interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril arrived in Misrata to talk with local NTC representatives. They have made it abundantly clear they do not want Gaddafi to be buried in their town. The NTC leadership in Tripoli wants a speedy resolution. One popular option is to bury him at sea, as was done with Osama Bin Laden.

22 October, 2011



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