Libya arrests Australian ICC lawyer

2012-06-09 14:51

Tripoli - Libya has arrested a female Australian lawyer from the International Criminal Court for trying to pass "dangerous" documents to Seif al-Islam, detained son of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, the ICC's Libyan representative said on Saturday.

"During a visit [to Seif on Friday], the lawyer tried to deliver documents to the accused, documents that have nothing to do with his case and that represent a danger to the security of Libya," Ahmed al-Jehani said.

The lawyer, named as Melinda Taylor, was part of a four-member ICC delegation that received permission from Libya's chief prosecutor to visit Seif in Zintan, southwest of Tripoli, where he is being detained.

Jehani said she is "under house arrest in Zintan, not in prison", and is being questioned by the authorities.

Seif, 39, has been in custody in Zintan since his arrest on November 19 in the wake of the uprising that toppled his father's rule after more than 40 years in power.

The ICC wants both Seif and his late father's spymaster, Abdullah Senussi, for crimes against humanity committed while trying to put down last year's bloody revolt.

Jehani did not say what the documents were, except that they had been sent by Mohammed Ismail, Seif's former right-hand man, who has been on the run since the revolt.

Libya has been at loggerheads with the ICC over who has the right to bring former regime figures such as Seif and Senussi to justice.

  • Mogalefi - 2012-06-09 15:53

    Why should there be dangerous documents in the first place? what are they hiding?

  • Sokhululeka - 2012-06-09 18:02

    It seems this new Libyan bush government has got something to hide!!! Bloody opportunists/terrorists!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-09 20:00

      The Libyan people will shake their heads in disbelieve, with such a pathetic dumb comment !!

      zey.yad - 2012-06-09 22:16

      I am shocked. She had documents from his top aid that threaten the security of Libya, and you still blame the Libyans for sounding the alarm!! I could play your game as well and call you names.... how more ignorant can you be! written by a Libyan living in Libya

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-10 01:34

      Let's see in the next few days, what these "secret" documents are about. It probably all boils down to a misunderstanding, as it is very doubtful the ICC would do anything to "endanger the security of Libya" While we are at it, this terrorist gaddafi , destroyed just about everythging in Liba, including the judiciary, and it could take years to have one in place again, which could handle high profile political cases. For this reason it would be much better to have this corrupt, evil, thug, seif gaddafi , tried at the ICC. He would without any doubt get a fairer court case there!!!

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