ICC prosecutor meets Libyan rebel chief

2011-06-30 08:41

The Hague - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor met Libyan rebel leader Mahmud Jibril here Wednesday, his office said, two days after judges issued an arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo "used the opportunity to reiterate the responsibility of Libyan authorities in implementing ... the arrest warrants issued" for the Libyan leader, his son Saif al-Islam, and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, a statement said.

He told Jibril, the top foreign affairs official of the rebels' National Transitional Council, that the next step in the investigation "will concern the allegations of war crimes that might have been committed by the parties to the conflict, of attacks against sub-Saharian Africans wrongly perceived as mercenaries and of mass rapes".

Jibril reiterated the council's position that "Libya should take the lead in anything related to Libya and on Libyan soil", the statement said.

"The ICC prosecutor and Mr Jibril agreed on the need to put an end to the impunity of the most responsible perpetrators of the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Libya, regardless of their position or political camp.”

The ICC issued the warrants on Monday for alleged atrocities committed as the government clamped down on a bloody uprising that began in mid-February.

Moreno-Ocampo sought the warrants as thousands died in fighting and an estimated 650,000 people fled the country with Gaddafi clinging to power despite Nato strikes easing the siege of key rebel cities.

Tripoli rejected the warrants as a "cover for Nato which is still trying to assassinate Gaddafi".

  • rordnas - 2011-06-30 12:11

    Tripoli bombed but steadfast "...Colonel Gaddafi has armed the population. Approximately two million machine guns have already been distributed to the civilians. The idea is that each adult, man or women, should be in a position to defend his or her home. The Libyans learned the Iraqi lesson. Saddam Hussein had rested his power on the Ba’ath ruling party and the army, excluding the people from political life. When the party was decapitated and several generals defected, the State suddenly collapsed leaving the country with no resistance and floundering in chaos. Libya instead follows an original system of participative democracy, similar to the grassroots assemblies in Vermont. People are used to being consulted and assuming responsibilities. Hence, it is easy to mobilize them en masse. Unexpectedly, women are more determined than men to carry arms. This could be explained by their higher rate of participation in the popular assemblies in recent years. It could also be a reflection of the flightiness that has affected certain officials in this socialist country where they enjoy a high standard of living..."

      slg - 2011-06-30 21:30

      You and your leader are going to jail Rordnas. The world is against you. It is saying no more, and it means it. No more.

  • Al Fatah - 2011-07-01 11:45

    Well Luis Moreno-Ocampo shld worry abt his arrest 4rapping a girl & as 4Jibril his one of the most wanted man on Earth He & his friends have done more atrocities to the Libyan ppl & especially to the Black Libyans that they should be shot at the spot but as I am democratic person they shld also be taken to ICC together with Ocampo 4the same crimes!As for u @SLG ur an idiot u hv no idea what the stakes are in Libya & if he u hv no idea its better not to talk at all! yr democracy is worse than ours! yr dictated by the west media to see what yr gov. wants u to see only their interest! so butt out!

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