ICC to move on Gaddafi 'soon'

2011-03-03 12:49

Madrid - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague will seek arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and other suspects "as soon as possible", Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on Thursday.

"Speed is vital" because "very serious crimes continue being committed", Moreno-Ocampo said in an interview with the Spanish daily El Pais.

Prosecutors will investigate between 10 and 15 suspects who ordered the ongoing repression and whose names will be revealed this week, the prosecutor said.

An arrest warrant creates a "serious problem" for those who are being targeted, Moreno-Ocampo explained.

"Leaders who commit crimes against humanity must know that they will not go unpunished," he said.

"We will make sure justice is done and that those responsible for the repression, for attacks against the civilian population, will be pursued and punished," he vowed.

Moreno-Ocampo was due to formally open his investigation into Gaddafi's brutal crackdown on protesters later on Thursday in The Hague. He said between 600 and "several thousand" people may have been killed in the violence.

Any request for arrest warrants would have to be endorsed by ICC judges.

On Saturday, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution imposing sanctions against Libya and referring the situation to the ICC, thus granting the court formal jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed by Gaddafi and his associates.

  • tut - 2011-03-03 12:56

    When will they move on Julius Malema for insightment of violence against white farmers?? Hmmmmm?

      PeterE - 2011-03-03 13:43

      not to mention Mugabe...

      jonathank218 - 2011-03-03 15:24

      TUT we dont care about thse white farmers, come stay in the city.

      nobodyneedstoknowme - 2011-03-03 16:16

      @jonathank218 - who is we? You make it sound like you are pro murder. Perhaps you should be the next victim you stupid moron.

  • zulufox - 2011-03-03 12:59

    the toothless International Criminal Court! long ago, they issued a warrant of arrest for Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, he is still roaming freely and why is there no warrant for Bush and his sidekick Blair for crimes against people of Iraq?

  • Ozayr - 2011-03-03 13:12

    In no way am i condoning what Gaddafi has done to the people of Libya, but i find the hypocracy of the U.N./NATO/United States ect appalling. These dictators were friendly to the U.S.A and provided security to Israel and Oil to the corporates like BP, Chevron and Shell for years. These dictators were on the payroll of governments and Oil companies and in no way had their citizen’s best interests at heart. Now all of a sudden the USA has a problem with Gaddafi/Mubarak ect? What about bringing George W Bush and Tony Blair before the ICC for an illegal war on Iraq. Are some dictators better than others? Only some nations deserve democracy where their leader isn’t a friend to the USA and Israel (e.g. Saddam)? Will people only pay attention to the human rights abuses in Zim until oil is discovered there? The USA is like a playground bully, making sure nobody threatens its little brother Israel and just like an extortionist as long as you give them oil, you are safe and who cares about democracy. People's freedom and lives are worth much more than that. Makes me sick!!!

      Donald.P.Muller - 2011-03-03 13:45

      Hey Ozayr, why don't you strap on a bomb vest and go and take out some evil americans, I'm sure it will get rid of that anger you have inside you. If the AU did there job then nobody else would need to get involved.

      Ozayr - 2011-03-03 14:01

      @Donald.P.Muller, I do not appreciate you implying that i am a terrorist. You do not need to agree with my opinion, but do not disrespect me.

      schmerz - 2011-03-03 14:08

      @Donald I dont think you understand what he is saying

      Duane - 2011-03-03 14:29

      Ozayr, you do sound like a terrorist. The US must drain all the resources from the autocratic 3rd world counties so that we can move there and be happy once you strap a bomb to yourself and blow up JZ and Malema.

      Ozayr - 2011-03-03 14:32

      @Duane WTF???

      Donald.P.Muller - 2011-03-03 14:54

      OK, maybe I was a bit harsh with the bomb vest etc.(Ozayr, you can take this as an apology) but it seems that when it comes to the americans it's a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't!!! If America gets involved in some conflict somewhere it's always because of the oil and if they don't get involved its because they don't care because there is no oil. I never liked Bush either, but remember he is no longer in control, there is a new man on the block. Just maybe, America is trying to do the right thing.

      Ozayr - 2011-03-03 15:00

      @Donald I agree with that comment and thank you for the apology.

  • Jeremy - 2011-03-03 13:14

    If they were consistant, they would have arrested both Bush snr and jnr. This seems selective, although I do agree they should reign in on Gaddafi and kick his ass.

  • Hay Seeds - 2011-03-03 13:16

    What about Robert Mugabe???????????????

      fullmoon - 2011-03-03 13:25

      Agreed, mad bob incited and ordered the murder of his own people, but, Zimbabwe doesn't have oil. Big politics is big business? The ICC can lick my c.... - 2011-03-03 13:28

      There's no oil in Zim m8, doubt the USA even know it exists.

  • gpwengineer - 2011-03-03 13:25

    So will the ICC be charging George W Bush as well?

  • nizhen001 - 2011-03-03 13:59

    Why didn't they arrest Bush, Blair and Obama they are trash. Lying PIGS!! Because in the end of the day the west controls the ICC and using it for their own personal gain!! There is much worse crimes going on in the world...PALESTINE for example!

  • stonebamboogarden - 2011-03-03 14:12

    is it really punishment if he kills thousands but he get off with a minor jail sentence? this is what usually happens.

  • raykhado - 2011-03-03 14:58

    I think GEORGE BUSH and TONY BLAIRE arrested too.

  • leftyrsa - 2011-03-03 15:16

    TUT Not soon enough..........Malema is a horrible man. A waste of space.

  • leftyrsa - 2011-03-03 15:20

    TUT Not soon enough. Malema is a terrible man stirring and stirring. What a waste of space........He will murder you for your watch on your wrist.

  • Sharon - 2011-03-03 15:39

    Well at long last the ICC is doing something about that lunatic Gaddafi and his murdering army of thugs. Hope they hang by the balls. Now they just have to do the same for good old Bob the Big Gob Mugabe and his murdering thugs, then and only then will ICC get the respect from the people who have suffered untold misery having to live under these thugs irom rule and untold greed.

      nizhen001 - 2011-03-04 09:11

      While they at it let them hang Bush, Blair and the Zionist pigs. They are all trash but oh wait they control the ICC...worst scum on this earth!

  • Jakob - 2011-03-04 04:01

    ICC - international cycling confederation? just die all u US/UK/EU/NATO/UN forces ..

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