ICC team in Libya probes sexual crimes

2011-12-01 10:14

Tripoli - A team from the International Criminal Court arrived Wednesday in Libya to probe sexual crimes committed by loyalists of slain dictator Muammar gaddafi during the revolt against his rule.

"We are here to conduct investigation into sexual crimes" committed during the revolt against Gaddafi and during his rule, Jane O'Toole, ICC investigator leading the team told AFP.

She said the ICC investigation would probe all aspects of major sexual crimes against women.

"We are not into investigating every crime but those which are most grave and those that are major crimes," she said at the sidelines of a women's conference, adding that the investigation would look into who ordered those crimes.

"We are still at the preliminary stage," she said.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in June said that the court's investigators have evidence that Kadhafi ordered mass rapes and bought containers of sex drugs for troops to attack women during the revolt.

He said there was evidence that the Libyan authorities bought "Viagra-type" medicines and gave them to troops as part of the official rape policy.

The ICC team headed by O'Toole, which leaves Libya on Friday, attended a women's conference where some Libyan women spoke of atrocities committed against them by Gaddafi officials before and during the rebellion.

Gaddafi was captured and killed on October 20.

  • Tebogo - 2011-12-01 11:17

    what about crimes committed by the rebels, why are they only investigating the one group and not the other...??

  • Napolita - 2011-12-01 11:58

    I suppose the next flight to land in Libya is that of ICC team to investigate crimes by the current leaders?!?

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