International court issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi

Reuters THE HAGUE, June 27 (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants on Monday for Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the country’s spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, on charges of crimes against humanity.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had in May asked the court to issue arrest warrants for the “pre-determined” killing of protesters in Libya following after the U.N. Security Council referred the issue to the court.

Gaddafi has “absolute, ultimate and unquestioned control” over Libya’s state apparatus and its security forces, presiding judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng said in reading out the ruling.

She added that both Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam “conceived and orchestrated a plan to deter and quell by all means the civilian demonstrations” against the regime and that al-Senussi used his position of command to have attacks carried out.

Gaddafi, who has run his oil-producing Arab North African country since a military coup in 1969, is under pressure to relinquish power from rebels who rose up against his rule and from a NATO bombing campaign.

But more than three months into the NATO campaign, fissures are showing within the Western alliance and it is feared that the ICC warrant could also trigger greater violence in Libya as Gaddafi tries to cling to power.

In its ruling, the ICC said there was “reasonable grounds” to believe that Gaddafi, his son and al-Senussi committed crimes within the jurisdiction of the court and that a warrant for their arrest should be issued.

This was the second warrant of arrest issued by the ICC against a sitting head of state — following two slapped on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Darfur.

Securing arrests, however, has proven difficult for the ICC. It has no police force and relies on member states to enforce arrest orders. The civil war in Libya is likely to complicate attempts to enforce the court’s latest warrants.

In arguing for warrants, Moreno-Ocampo said Gaddafi drew up a plan to quell protests through the use of “extreme and lethal violence” and that all three men implemented a state policy of “widespread and systematic attacks” on civilians.

Gaddafi’s government denies targeting Libyan civilians, accusing NATO of doing so.

“Crimes continue today in Libya. To stop the crimes and protect civilians in Libya, Gaddafi must be arrested,” Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement on Sunday ahead of the ruling.

Source: Reuters

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5 Responses to International court issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi

  1. Fredy says:

    “Securing arrests, however, has proven difficult for the ICC. It has no police force and relies on member states to enforce arrest orders. The civil war in Libya is likely to complicate attempts to enforce the court’s latest warrants.”

    This is a quote from the article above.

    The only way the ICC will do something is, if the NTC hands these war criminals over to them. What for ?

    What can the ICC do that the people of Libya can’t. Is the NTC worried about the impression the world might have of them if they process and kill any of these criminals. If the NLA catches any of these criminals alive is going to be up to them to decide if they want to hand them over to you. If the NTC wants to keep law and order in Libya they better be prepared to listen to the wants of their revolutionaries putting their lives on the line.

    After all your role is to provide the wants and needs of your country.

    Achieving justice is the first step of this revolution. Gaddafi started an illegal attack against the own people of Libya he was supposed to protect. So why would it be so important for the NTC to have an ICC mandate ?

    The NTC wants to look good ?

    If any of them run to another country that wishes to protect them, what can anybody do ?

    Will they run ?

    They have everything in Libya to live and die for including power and they are obsessed to keep that power through the use of force,terror and destruction. They are risking their lives and I don’t think they want to leave the country even if they have made plans to escape.

    If they escape, the war should ease down, until it ends.

    The precious freedom the Libyan People then would come.

    The management of all Gaddafi followers may be another big issue. Many of them have supported the crimes perpetrated by the regime directly and indirectly.

    Is the NTC expecting foreign legal action on this issue ?

    I think is nonsense .

    These questions have not been addressed yet publicly by the NTC.

    The NTC must show they are organized and have a spokesperson that addresses the people of Libya and the rest of the world on a regular basis.

    Moussa Ibrahim seems to be running the show at the Rixos Hotel . When it should be the Benghazi Show.

    Where is the NTC counter regime spokesperson?

    The NTC’s work must be communicated on a daily basis. How else will they show leadership ?

    Are they expecting Al Jazeera to be chasing them around ?

    NTC talk to your people first. Look for your answers within the wants of your people.The wants of the foreigner are also important but not so much right now and it does not look good. Trade will go on.

    Local Justice in Libya is the main question to address right now.

    That is not the role of the Hague. Is it ?

  2. Christine says:

    I haven’t read the full article yet but good to see that the ICC have now issued an arrest warrant – it’s something than nothing.

  3. Fredy says:

    Christine are you saying Libya does not have a justice system for the criminal regime.

    What do you expect from the ICC that the NTC cannot do ?

    Why is the NTC so happy ?

    The revolutionaries want to do upon Daffi as he has upon thousands of Libyans.

    This Mandate is trouble. It does not help justice in any way.

    Please somebody tell me the benefits based on the past performance of the ICC.

    • Christine says:

      “Christine are you saying Libya does not have a justice system for the criminal regime.”

      Fredy you need to read properly and not try put words into what I have written and make misleading assumptions and allegations that I haven’t stated. You may have your own opinion on the ICC but as far I’m concerned as long as they are showing their support for this revolution then it’s all good!

      If Libya did have a good ‘justice’ system for the criminal regime then this war would not have erupted in the first place – there is no justice under Gadaffi’s ruling.

  4. Free Azzawia says:

    Fredy, I believe you are underestimating the power of the various international criminal courts, including the ICC.

    During the past century there’s been plenty of prominent people that were succesfully prosecuted, and it has led to various extended prison sentences, up to the death penalty for various high ranking leaders.

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