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- Suddenly, top officials are openly discussing the possibility
- “The International Criminal Court acts when the national system cannot do it,” Moreno-Ocampo said. “That’s why we are here, to understand what they are doing.” In a statement before his arrival, Moreno-Ocampo called the arrest of Saif al-Islam and al-Senoussi “a crucial step in bringing to justice those most responsible for crimes committed in Libya.” Libya’s new leaders have not yet established a functioning court system, and have been struggling to put together a new transitional government since Qaddafi’s fall. Later Tuesday, interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib was expected to announce the members of his new Cabinet. Saif al-Islam, who was once the face of reform in Libya and who led his father’s drive to emerge from pariah status over the last decade, was captured Saturday by fighters from the small western mountain town of Zintan who had tracked him to the desert in the south of the country. He was then flown to Zintan, 85 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of Tripoli, where he remains in a secret location. In new video footage taken the day of his capture and obtained by The Associated Press, Saif al-Islam warns his captors that Libya’s regions that united to oust Qaddafi will turn against each other “in a couple of months or maximum one year,” suggesting the country will descend into infighting. There have been signs in recent months of growing tensions among Libya’s powerful regions, and even after Qaddafi’s fall in August and after his capture and killing in October, the country’s numerous and sometime competing revolutionary factions have refused to disarm, raising fears of new violence and instability. The regions, backed by bands of armed fighters, are able to act autonomously, even on issues of the highest national interest. In the video, revolutionary fighters stand around Saif al-Islam, who is seated in a green chair. Three of his fingers are heavily bandaged, and he occasionally winces from the pain.