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Gaddafi probed over Viagra for rapes

2011-06-09 10:03

New York - Investigators have evidence that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ordered mass rapes and bought containers of sex drugs to encourage troops to attack women, the chief ICC prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he may ask for a new charge of mass rape to be made against Gaddafi following the new evidence.

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor is expecting a decision from judges within days on his request for charges of crimes against humanity to be laid against the Libyan leader, one of his sons and his intelligence chief.

"Now we are getting some information that Gaddafi himself decided to rape and this is new," Moreno-Ocampo told reporters.

He said there were reports of hundreds of women attacked in some areas of Libya, which is in the grip of a months-long internal rebellion.

There was evidence the Libyan authorities bought "Viagra-type" medicines and gave them to troops as part of the official rape policy, Moreno-Ocampo said.

"They were buying containers to enhance the possibility to rape women," he said.

"It was never the pattern he used to control the population. The rape is a new aspect of the repression. That is why we had doubts at the beginning, but now we are more convinced that he decided to punish using rape," the prosecutor said.

"It was very bad - beyond the limits, I would say."

Gaddafi’s regime had not previously been known for using rape as a weapon against political opponents and Moreno-Ocampo said he had to find evidence that the Libyan leader had given the order.

In March, a Libyan woman made international headlines when she entered a Tripoli hotel and said she had been raped by Gaddafi troops.

Iman al-Obeidi was detained but managed to escape from Libya. She ended up in Qatar but was deported back from there to rebel-held Libya. She is now resting at a refugee centre in Romania.

Moreno-Ocampo issued arrest warrants last month against Gaddafi, his son Seif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi. ICC judges are to announce in days whether they agree to the charges.

The Libyan government does not recognise the international court's jurisdiction.

Comments
  • GMan - 2011-06-09 10:22

    You forfeit your right to be treated as a human being when you use rape as weapon - Gaddafi is not a human being, but a monster. How sickening

      Rover_ZA - 2011-06-09 10:31

      Agreed. He should lose all rights for this!

      jowza - 2011-06-09 11:02

      he should be hung

      Francois - 2011-06-09 11:53

      The ICC prosecuter stated that he needs proof. Once he has it, let all, including the AU let the law take its course.

      Sparxi - 2011-06-09 14:33

      @Francois: If the ICC prosecutor still needed proof, why go to the papers with this allegation in the first place? Just plain stupid, a simple mistake, deliberate misinformation or gloryhounding for another headline in the scrapbook for the autobiography?

      Expat - 2011-06-10 00:12

      Gaddafi should take a nice long vacation in South Africa rape is South Africa's national sport.

  • John - 2011-06-09 10:30

    So Zuma...did you go and visit to get some of the drugs yourself?!

      PieterWolf - 2011-06-09 10:48

      He supplied it .

  • Anton - 2011-06-09 10:31

    If one fires live amunition on unarmed protestors, whose only demand is , that this Gaddafi family , who has terrorized Libya for 40 years, gets OUT, than ANYTHING is possible.

      Cynical_BStd - 2011-06-09 10:42

      Western Media Propoganda to steal the OIL - Libya was the best country in Africa and 53rd in the world providing the best medical, social and educating its people until the West !@#$% it up

      Anton - 2011-06-09 12:40

      Cynical BStd, If you have a problem with the West, that's fine, But why bring it up , in what is an African issue. Don't you get it ??? Its the LIBYANS, your African brothers and sisters, who want this Gaddafi family out. They are sick and tired of these thugs terrorizing them for over 40 years... Africa should be grateful that Europe is helping these brave,,Rebels,, I wish they would have interfered in 1994 when in a period of 3 months, 800 000 , EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND AFRICANS in Rwanda were murdered, or in the last decade millions, YES MILLIONS, of Congolese have been killed. ALL THIS WHILE AFRICA STOOD BY, DOING NOTHING You don't like the Americans, than stop drinking Coca Cola, but stop talking rubbish!!!!!!

      Barr. Fazal KUILA - 2011-06-09 13:23

      @Anton - You're talking rubbish for all I care, if we're to stop drinking Coca Cola then tell your stupid Americans to stop exporting to Africa to steal our money. You talk of Rwanda, yes, your stupid allies were allow to killed themselves because no oil in Rwanda. You also talk about Congo, tell me who plot to killed their brave leader and burnt him to ashes? Isn't the american embassy then plotted with other Belgium people to execute him. Tell your western counterparts to leave us alone with their dirty TRICKS because we have come of the age to solve our problems without them.

      Anton - 2011-06-09 14:28

      Barr, your hatred for America and Europe comes through in all your posts, and just in the last few days you stated clearly that you HATE whites. But you know what Barr,....that is your right to express those views, you are fortunatelly living in a democracy. Now what you don't seem to understand , is that the Libean population also wants the privelege to say what they want, and starting with to say that they want these Gaddafi thugs OUT. But your hatred has blurred your vision soo much , that you can't see reality any longer. You keep mentioning ,oil, and America. let me remind you that at the start of this conflict, the American Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, said clearly, that the USA should not get involved in this civil war, as Libya had no strategic interest for the US. So much for the oil conspiracy !!!!!! Its actually a pity that Libya is of no importance to the USA, otherwise these Gadaffi thugs would be long gone, dead or alive, and many thousands of lives would have been saved.

      Barr. Fazal KUILA - 2011-06-09 15:58

      @Anton - Then why can't you tell the same people you think they're protecting Libyans rather killing them with air strikes. Please tell your american counterparts to go and protect Sudanese. You're too blind with western tricks, if you think NATO is in Libya to protect citizens, than why can't them stay Benghazi and Masrata to protect citizens but rather move all the way to destroy Tripoli were no one is complaining?

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-06-09 16:55

      Anton, we'll stop drinking coca cola when the americans stop using money (backed on african gold) and when they pull down everything they built with african raw materials. in fact we can stop drinking coke right away, and lets see them do the same. you make it seem like we are in such desperate need of western things when you are evidently oblivious to the fact that it is them that are so desperate for African resources, starting with slave labour, through all our natural resources and our land.

      Mark - 2011-06-09 17:25

      Sooth Slayer. You and your ilk are borderline illiterate; extensive studies have been done that prove that colonies cost more to maintain than any material benefit they provided to the colonisers. It's hard for people like you to get out of the zero sum mentality. There are shining examples of formerly colonised countries that have taken what they have learned from the colonisers, and after independence has been gained, have fused local traditions with western free market systems and prospered. Actually the whole colonization project was an overhang from the mercantilist era where a nation's power was indicated by the amount of land they could control. This justified the huge cost of administering the colonies. With their armies decimated after the World Wars, Europe's capacity to administer the colonies, as well as their desire to do so were greatly diminished, leading inexorably to independence. PS. We live in a free market system, so you are fully entitled to stop drinking Coke, you even have the right to encourage people to join you on your crusade against western products, but since you don't have the right to stop people buying Coke, I suggest you shut up and see that the Coca-Cola comapany and others like LG, Samsung, Hitachi etc. are only meeting a demand demonstrable by the profit they are turning in African markets. If no one wanted their products, they wouldn't sell them here and then we could all go back to living in grass shacks. Is that what you want?

      Anton - 2011-06-09 17:37

      Barr, well, you brought it up...............Sudan How many have died there over the last few years ?? Its not just thousands, or tens of thousands, but hundreds of thousands. Has the West military interfered there. No , shamefully not. Why not ?? Cause they got no oil ?? Ironically its very rich in oil. No, Africa wanted to find an African solution. But African diplomacy has been of no good to those who have been killed in this conflict. A few days ago a UN report came out, warning that tens of thousands of lives were in danger on the border of North and South. So now why don't you go and talk to your friends, and ask them what they are going to do about this. Or are your friends waiting untill eventually the West does interfere to save thousands of lives, so that you can start calling them all names again ?????????????

      Anton - 2011-06-09 17:40

      Sooth, sorry, read your posts a number of times, but I got no idea of what you are trying to say

      Francois - 2011-06-09 21:42

      According to the logic of the argument, only Anton is allowed to comment as the computer is a Western invention, actually the USA. The figures quoted on Libya's education are also most probably skewed as they do not count women as people, but here I am as an African as clearly stated by president Zuma, typing on my US computer and longing for a German beer - I love this country - SA is the best third world country to live in - we at least have freedom of expression, how idiotic that expression sometimes may seem. Anton - lekker dag vir jou more.

      slg - 2011-06-10 06:05

      Cynical, you real have no idea how the oil industry works. Barr, hardly anyone reads your posts anymore. Soothsayer, Africa has hardly been on the radar it's been so backward and corrupt. You're totally delusional and self-centered in believing it is the focus of the world.

      pawsaw - 2011-06-10 14:35

      This article is very poorly written under sensationalised headlines @ Anton. I hold no opinion either way on Gaddafi however until someone is guilty under law this is an allegation which the media chose to lead with as a fact. They have proof of a shipment of Viagra perhaps but until it can be proved beyond reasonable doubt that it was Gaddafi's direct order the paper should not present it as though it were a fact. There was no oil in Rwanda and the media were implicated in actually inciting the genocide there. US and UN forces in my opinion are not acting without self interest in their attacks on Gaddafi. Until they take a more aggressive stance towards countries like Zimbabwe and others in Africa which do not have oil I tend to agree with Cynical_Bsd. Men do not need Viagra to perpetrate rape in war type situations. It is a typical act of war and power wrought by men on women in countries where the respect for women is already non existent. DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING IN THE MEDIA. Sensationalism sells and the media should vet articles before placing them in the public domain, not only for grammatical but also legally dubious writing which incites hatred between people. This is no different to the hate case against Malema because without the media focus on him Malema would wield far less influence over the minds of Saffas of all colours and persuasions and the racial divide would be lessening. Who is benefitting here? The media and Malema because publicity is publicity!

      Anton - 2011-06-10 15:46

      Francois, We might have differences, but I can't agree with you more, that South Africa IS A GREAT COUNTRY. Not only as a developing country, but comparable with any country in the world.

  • StirMonger - 2011-06-09 10:48

    Track down who is supplying this stuff & make an example there.

  • PMG - 2011-06-09 10:56

    So now we know what Zoom Zoom went to Libya for,to deliver tons and tons of little blue tablets.

  • McDaNife - 2011-06-09 10:56

    If this is true, its sickening.

  • ShaunSwindon@24.com - 2011-06-09 10:56

    What a load of russbish! US propaganda to further justify their illegal invasion of Libya (without the approval of congress). This is the same bile as they spewed about Saddam Hussein being a child molestor or even Osama Bin Laden being a porn addict. Sad day when people believe everything they read in the mainstream media :(

      Judge DREAD - 2011-06-09 11:08

      oh please,what is it with you lilly liberals always defending the sick scum of the earth destroying everything thats beautiful and innocent. I dont have to believe everything i read-definitely dont,to understand and believe and SEE with my own bloody eyes how &^$ucked up these people are or were.

      Kaapie - 2011-06-09 11:38

      @judge nibody is defending him, but is just toooo much

      Wai-Szee Sing - 2011-06-09 11:54

      Jeez these people will stop at nothing to make this man look bad...total disinformation. Please tell us where he got the "viagra-type" drugs, what company supplied it, how it got through the military blockade...telling us you have "evidence" means jack sh1t...

      Sparxi - 2011-06-09 14:29

      @Judge: "the sick scum of the earth destroying everything thats beautiful and innocent". Alrighty then. Now we know... Eish.

      slg - 2011-06-10 06:07

      Still hanging on to a delusional and wrong view of events Shaun? Sad day when people are so delusional as to be outside the main stream of events.

  • george - 2011-06-09 11:04

    But how can the ICC stoop so low? This is bizzare. Gaddafi might not be an angel but these bizzare accusations at demonisation are outlandish. What does the west say about Saudi Atrabia where women are not allowed to drive cars, where honour killings are encouraged, where raped women are punished, where people's hands get cut? Gaddafi despite his eccentricities developed Libya and empowered muslim women. Libya is the only muslim country where in Africa and the middle east where women are lawyers, police, judges, etc. Gaddafi himself had female guards. Gaddafi must stand down but to throw bizzare accusations at him while tim pot dictators in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, etc are fetted and supported by the west is criminal.

  • Gemini - 2011-06-09 11:04

    OMG!!!! Could this really be true? BTW how is it that the ICC cannot find this man but JZ flew all that way to have just 1 meeting with him with no problems? Whatever the case Gadaffi needs to go & quickly.......

      PilgrimX - 2011-06-09 11:13

      If true then Gadaffi deserves to be hanged in public. On the other hand, I frown upon accusations made by the US.

      Wai-Szee Sing - 2011-06-09 11:57

      Thats another thing...if they know where he is, bomb him and spare the "collateral damage" those people do not deserve to suffer like this

  • Ultramel - 2011-06-09 11:10

    What a sick monster!!!!!!! I do hope some woman gets to put 2 bullets in him. One in the arse, 1 in his private parts. This after the woman feed some of the pills to a camel and him tied up on his knees. But before that she should first stick a thermometer up his privates and break it. I have no sympathy for a rapist!

  • TamaraSays - 2011-06-09 11:16

    Order mass castrations, and bring containers of cigar cutters. Pigs.

  • amdisgusted - 2011-06-09 11:31

    What do you expect our ANCorruption president spends a lot of time with Qaddafi, his friend!

  • Freddie - 2011-06-09 11:35

    Another of Zooma's esteemed allies and friends.

  • Kaapie - 2011-06-09 11:37

    Hey this is a load of crap if ever there was one. propaganda no more no less..I dont for one moment support the mn but this is just to fanttic to believe!!!!

  • calie.jacobs - 2011-06-09 11:39

    This is utter hogwash!

  • Spade - 2011-06-09 11:45

    I am very suspicious of such allegations, and personally think its part of a global smear-campaign. If everyone sees Gaddafi as a monster, then his death will be acceptable to everyone. I have no doubt that Gaddafi should go, but these allegations are a little too convenient.

      Toni - 2011-06-09 14:15

      @Spade, You hit the nail on the head 100% my friend and I rest my case.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-06-09 11:56

    Vark, hy lyk sommer na n vark

  • bigBG - 2011-06-09 11:59

    Ja they need viagra because only camels turn them on naturally

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-06-09 12:01

    Come on the average man in the army is under 30 we could even say 40. YOU DON"T NEED VIAGRA AT THAT AGE unless libyan women are really ugly. This sounds like propaganda and total b*lls**t. It this a great excuse to invade libya or increase attacks to ensure the rebels win.

  • Sparxi - 2011-06-09 14:25

    The ICC should stick to trying people in court, rather than in the media and applying its mandate where it has a mandate, instead of trying to grab headlines where no mandate exists. It should also be trying to include all those countries that have chosen not to accept it (US, Iraq, Sudan, Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, India and China to name but a few more, besides Libya) and to rectify the ludicrous position of the "selective" ratifications of only parts of the Rome Statute establishing the ICC by so many others ("half-pregnant"?). I am not pro-Ghadaffi and think his departure is as overdue as it is for any leader and system that perennially clings to power at the expense of ordinary citizens. But I am sick of the holier-than-thou arrogance that characterises the selective morality on show here. And rape is a despicable act, whether used as an instrument of deliberate military oppression or some sick attempt at "correcting" sexual preferences. But forgive me if I need a little more than simply the say-so of some glory-hound "international prosecutor" before I can believe this story. By the way, Mr Moreno-Ocampo, if what is happening in Libya is (as you put it) "beyond the limits" in terms of rape, then what would be "within the limits"? With rape there can be no “inside” or “outside” of any “limits”; it is WRONG!

  • lesiba - 2011-06-09 15:22

    If they believe Gadafi is guilty then let them go get him. Announcing this charges to the world is just a way of keeping the Gadafi hatered alive. Why would he ask men to rape women, we all know that troops usually abuse womeninn camps. Some troops from US,SA & UN have been reported as having raped refugees. The only crime he has is that of refusing to step down as the president.

  • Galula - 2011-06-09 16:05

    Now the west is making its case to assassinate Gaddafi same as the "weapons of mass destruction in Iraq". And once Gaddafi is killed by Nato, who will give a hoot if he was guilty or not???? We continue to ask " what is the mandate of NATO?" To kill Gaddafi and get the oil!

  • reader4444@24.com - 2011-06-09 17:07

    Hang the madman dictator and his troops who have perpetrated these crimes. There is no place int he world for people like these.

  • Magdalena Mong - 2011-06-09 18:29

    weapons of mass destruction

  • Magdalena Mong - 2011-06-09 18:30

    weapons of mass destruction

  • Expat - 2011-06-10 00:08

    Gaddafi take a nice long vacation in South Africa you belong there rape is their national sport!

  • wallace.outkast - 2013-02-24 13:40

    nothing but lies made up after an other,

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