Saif Gaddafi trial could be held in Libya

2011-11-25 22:21

The Hague - The trial of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam could be held in Libya under the auspices of the International Criminal Court, its 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 before the Hague-based court.

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

The ICC's 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.

Muammar Gaddafi's one-time heir apparent, Saif, 39, was caught almost a week ago in Libya's southern Saharan region after three months on the run.

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

  • Shaun - 2011-11-25 23:29

    if i was saif gaddafi i would use alot of thing out of the news for my defence like in this story, trying to put down a bloody revolt the revolt he was trying to put down was against the goverment as for being bloody i would use what has happened in america look at the blood that as been spilled there and weapons used against unarmed people like tear gas being used on people who r sat down i cant believe this man is going to pay with his live for something any goverment in the world would do every paper said gaddafi was the goverment every paper said gaddafi was fighting rebels and still they call them rebels and as for nato it should be them that should be jailed, i am ashamed of my country for what they have done let them self be used by rebels who could be the big Ts who our goverments r ment 2 be fighting .[saif gaddafi not guilty] but we all no that will never happen.

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