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Libya ICC team faces 45 days’ detention

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Libya has put a team of four International Criminal Court envoys in “preventive” detention in prison for 45 days while investigations are conducted, a judicial source said on Monday.
“A decision was made to put them in preventive detention for 45 days while investigations are conducted,” an official in the attorney general’s office told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Ajmi al-Atiri, head of the brigade that detained the delegation after it visited Moamer Kadhhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, said:

“They were transferred yesterday (Sunday) to a prison on the orders of the prosecutor general.”
ICC delegation in talks in Tripoli
A delegation of the International Criminal Court is holding talks with Libya’s National Transitional Government in Tripoli in a bid to secure a release of four of its colleagues, who were arrested in the city of Zintan yesterday.

Officials in Tripoli claimed earlier that the lawyers allegedly sought to hand over to Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, some “dangerous documents”, including a letter from an Egypt-based confidant.

The Hague insists that all the arrested Court members be released at once.

One of the four detainees is a Russian diplomat, Russia’s former Ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Khodakov.

The other three are nationals of Spain, Lebanon and Australia.

The International Criminal Court has charged Saif al-Islam with committing crimes against humanity and is pressing for his extradition to the Netherlands.

But the Libyan authorities insist that they will try him at home.

AFP, BBC.

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Jun 11, 2012

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