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ICC to rule on issuing Gaddafi arrest warrant

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Latest update : 2011-06-27

The International Criminal Court at The Hague will decide Monday on whether to issue an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and two of his closest allies over alleged crimes committed against anti-regime protesters.

AFP - World crimes court judges are to decide Monday whether to issue an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi for crimes against humanity committed against opponents of his regime.

Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng is expected to read a three-judge bench's decision at 1:00pm (1100 GMT) on a request by The Hague-based International Criminal Court's prosecutor to have the Libyan strongman and two of his closest allies arrested.
              
The ICC's prosecution asked for warrants for Kadhafi, 69, his son Seif al-Islam, 39, and the head of Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, 62, for murder and persecution since mid-February, when the bloody uprising started.
             
ICC judges may now decide to issue the warrants, to decline the request or to ask for additional information before giving the nod.
             
Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo's investigation follows a referral by the United Nations Security Council on the Libyan conflict on 26 February. The prosecutor's office launched its investigation five days later.
             
On Sunday, Moreno-Ocampo said the war crimes in Libya will not stop until Kadhafi is arrested.
             
"Crimes continue today in Libya. To stop the crimes and protect civilians in Libya, Kadhafi must be arrested," he said in a statement.
             
It will be the second time the ICC's top accuser has a country's head of state in his sights, after an arrest warrant for Sudan's Omar al-Bashir was first issued in March 2009. The warrant is yet to be executed.
             
In his submission, Moreno-Ocampo said Kadhafi had a personal hand in planning and implementing "a policy of widespread and systematic attacks against civilians and demonstrators and dissidents in particular."
             
"Kadhafi's plan expressly included the use of lethal force against demonstrators and dissidents," the submission said.
             
The Libyan strongman also ordered sniping at civilians leaving mosques after evening prayers. His forces carried out a systematic campaign of arrest and detention of alleged dissidents, it said.
             
"Kadhafi's plans were carried out through his inner circle, which included Seif al-Islam, Kadhafi's de-facto prime minister and his brother-in-law Al-Senussi, considered to be his right-hand man," the submission said.
             
Established in 2002, the ICC is the world's first permanent, treaty-based court set up to try those accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide if the accused's own country cannot or will not do so.

 

Date created : 2011-06-27

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