ICC prosecutor in Libya to discuss trials of Gaddafi's son, intelligence chief

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] arrived in Libya [press release] Tuesday to discuss plans for the trials of recently arrested Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile], and Abdullah al-Senussi, former Libyan chief of intelligence, for crimes against humanity. Ocampo will meet with Libyan officials to find out what their national plan for trials and proceedings are, as well as discuss where the two men will be tried for international crimes. Ocampo said:

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi must face justice. ... Their arrest is a crucial step in bringing to justice those most responsible for crimes committed in Libya. This is not a military or political issue, it is a legal requirement.
Ocampo also said that it will ultimately be up to ICC judges to decide where the trials will be held.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was arrested [JURIST report] by Libyan opposition forces Friday, and the arrest of al-Senussi was confirmed [Channels report] by the Libyan National Transitional Council [official website] Monday. The ICC issued arrest warrants for Muammar Gaddafi, his son and al-Senussi in June, after Ocampo requested the warrants [JURIST reports] in May. The warrants were issued for crimes against the Libyan people, including shooting, torture, unlawful arrests and forced disappearances of civilians. Muammar Gaddafi was killed [JURIST report] by opposition forces in October.

 

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