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ICC ‘suspects’ Gaddafi’s death was war crime

Friday, December 16, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 16, 2011

 

A National Transitional Countil (NTC) fighter points a gun at Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte in this still image taken from video shot on October 20, 2011 and released on October 22, 2011 (Reuters / Reuters TV)

The ICC suspects the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was a war crime. The international court’s chief prosecutor says there were strong indications he was killed in custody.
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­”The death of Muammar Gaddafi is one of the issues to be clarified – what happened – because there are serious suspicions that it was a war crime,” Luis Moreno Ocampo said on Thursday.

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The comments came a day after the former Libyan leader’s daughter, Aisha Gaddafi, called on the ICC to investigate the death of her father and brother at the hands of Libyan fighters.

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ICC says the great number of witness accounts and video taken at the moment when Gaddafi was captured by rebel fighters, show that he was beaten and abused by his captors.

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Discussing the reports after briefing the UN Security Council, Moreno Ocampo said he asked Libya’s interim rulers what the government’s plans were to investigate alleged war crimes by all parties, including the rebels.

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Moreno Ocampo said the National Transitional Council was asked to inform them of their plans before January 10.

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Under pressure from Western allies, the NTC promised to investigate how Gaddafi and his son Mutassim were killed.

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However, ICC would step in if Libyan authorities were unwilling or unable to act, Moreno Ocampo assured. Therefore, what the ICC does on Gaddafi’s death and other war crimes will depend on what Libya’s interim government does.

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Moreno Ocampo also touched upon the issue of the case Gaddafi’s his son, Saif al-Islam, and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi who were captured and face ICC charges.

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ICC calls for the government to put on a fair trial for Saif al-Islam and al-Senoussi. Ocampo said the Libyan authorities explained why it was “very important” to prosecute Saif al-Islam themselves. There were two reasons voiced, Moreno Ocampo said. The first sounded like “he is “the face of the old regime” and the second was that “they would like to show they can do better than with Muammar” and conduct a proper trial.

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After Saif al-Islam’s arrest, Moreno Ocampo personally flew to the Libyan capital late last month and met with government officials.

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“If they can convince the (ICC) judges,” Moreno Ocampo said, “we don’t need to go and fight for a case.”

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In the meantime, Moreno Ocampo said, his office is continuing its investigation on the war crimes committed during the months-long military conflict in the country.

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“We are sure there were massive rapes, quite sure,” Moreno Ocampo said. “We’re trying to define who ordered them.”

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Investigators from the tribunal have visited Libya last week to pursue the inquiry.

 

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Gaddafi’s death may be war crime – ICC

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Muammar Gaddafi. Photo: EPA   
 

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court says there are “serious suspicions” that the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was a war crime, the Associated Press reports.

Luis Moreno Ocampo said after briefing the UN Security Council that he sent a letter to the head of the National Transitional Council asking about the government’s plans to investigate alleged war crimes by all parties, including the rebels.

The uprising against Gaddafi’s 42-year rule erupted in February, quickly escalated into a civil war, and ended in October with Gaddafi’s capture and death in unclear circumstances.

“The death of Muammar Gaddafi is one of the issues to be clarified – what happened – because there are serious suspicions that it was a war crime,” Mr Moreno Ocampo said.

Moreno Ocampo said his office was working closely with Libyan authorities not only on Gaddafi’s case but on those of his son, Saif al-Islam, and former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, who were captured and face ICC charges.

The ICC wants to be certain the government will be capable of putting on a fair trial for Saif al-Islam and al-Senoussi.

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