Some mercenaries “immune from prosecution”

The TelegraphThe UN resolution that was agreed upon on Saturday called for the International Criminal Court to investigate the killings.

However, it has been widely reported that Gaddafi hired foreign mercenaries to carry out some of the killings.  The US insisted that the resolution was worded in such a way that no one from a country that is not a member of the ICC can be prosecuted. Meaning that mercenaries from countries that are not ICC members cannot be prosecuted for any crimes they may have committed in Libya. (Please note we don’t know exactly from which countries they came. Some countries that have been named are ICC members, while others are not)

It is believed that the US pushed for this move in order to prevent setting a precedent of prosecuting criminals from non-ICC members, presumably to prevent Americans from being prosecuted for crimes committed elsewhere.

The US was once an ICC member, but withdrew under President George W. Bush in 2002, who declared the ICC had no power over Washington.

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15 Responses to Some mercenaries “immune from prosecution”

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  2. Ahlam says:

    they may be immune to prosecution internationally, but they are NOT immune to prosecution (or immediate DEATH) in Libya

  3. Lori Holloway says:

    Please see this: http://www.icc-cpi.int/Menus/ASP/States+Parties/African%20States, a list of the African countries that are ICC members. I don’t know why the U.S. stipulated that, but Obama froze Gaddafi assets ahead of the U.N.

    The mercenaries I’ve read about come from countries that fall under the jurisdiction of the ICC. Please clarify these points. In these times of high tension it’s ever more important that we stick to facts and practice moderation, seems to me. Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for the comment. Please note that we’re only posting what the article says, we’re not drawing any conclusions ourselves. The article speaks about Tunisia, Algeria and Ethiopia (according to defected diplomats) as some of the source countries. However we know that Chad has been named as well, and mercenaries from there would indeed be eligible for prosecution.

      I’ve made some changes to reflect this information, as I realize especially the title was inappropriate. Thank you very much.

  4. Free Libyan says:

    Please post the recent video of Saif from Almanara facebook page, please forward it to the media

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  6. Lori Holloway says:

    No problem. Good to see your commitment to veracity. Keep up the good work for the Libyan people.

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