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Gaddafi's son could face ICC trial in Libya

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-11-25

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, favourite son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, could be tried in Libya by the International Criminal Court, the ICC's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on Friday.

AFP - The trial of deposed Libyan leader Moamer Gaddhafi's son Saif al-Islam could be held in Libya under the auspices of the International Criminal Court, the ICC's chief prosecutor said Friday.

"The prosecutor proposed as a third possibility that the ICC might, subject to judges' approval, conduct the trial against Saif al-Islam in Libya," Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a document submitted to the Hague-based court.

"This process could start with a first appearance and subsequently with a confirmation of charges on Libyan territory," Moreno-Ocampo said.

He also proposed two other options, namely Libya asking the ICC to decide whether a Libyan court could prosecute Saif, or Libyan courts trying Saif for other crimes, for which he is wanted in Libya, with the ICC prosecuting him on a separate charge of crimes against humanity.

The Argentinian prosecutor stated however that should ICC judges decide in favour of Libya putting Seif in the dock, it was "not within the mandate of the office of the prosecutor to serve as an advisor or to monitor a domestic trial."

The ICC's own mandate says it can only prosecute those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes if a state's national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate and prosecute them.

Moreno-Ocampo's report to ICC judges follows a visit to Tripoli this week to meet Libyan authorities for talks on jurisdiction in the case.

Upon arrival in the north African country Tuesday, Moreno-Ocampo said he met senior Libyan justice officials who told him Saif, 39, had not asked to meet the prosecutor.

"The prosecutor accordingly declined to meet with the detainee without a request... and the presence of his lawyer," Moreno-Ocampo's submission said, adding that he was assured that Saif "was in good health and that the conditions of detention were appropriate."

Muammar Gaddafi's one-time heir apparent, Saif, was nabbed almost a week ago in Libya's southern Saharan region after three months on the run.

He and Gaddhafi's former spymaster, Abdullah al-Senussi, 62, are wanted on ICC arrest warrants issued on June 27 for crimes against humanity committed when trying to put down Libya's bloody revolt, sparked in mid-February.

Libya's National Transitional Council sent a letter addressed to ICC judges Wednesday staking a claim to Saif, saying Tripoli was willing and able to try him before a Libyan court.

The ICC in return said its judges had "exclusive competence" to decide where and how Saif will be prosecuted, but Moreno-Ocampo said Libya had every right to try him and he could even give Tripoli the fruits of the investigation so far.

Date created : 2011-11-25

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