TRIPOLI, Libya – The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said Tuesday that Libya can put Muammar Qaddafi’s son and one-time heir apparent on trial at home, but that The Hague court’s judges must be involved in the case.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo was in Tripoli on Tuesday for talks with Libya’s new leaders about their plans for Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, who was captured Saturday in southern Libya and is being held by fighters in the mountain town of Zintan, southwest of the capital. The ICC has charged him with crimes against humanity. Libya’s new leaders have said they will try Saif al-Islam at home even though they have yet to set up a court system.
“Saif is captured so we are here to ensure cooperation,” Moreno-Ocampo told reporters after arriving in Libya. “If they (Libyans) prosecute the case, we will discuss with them how to inform the judges, and they can do it, but our judges have to be involved.”
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The ICC, which is based in The Hague, Netherlands, has also charged Qaddafi’s former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, with crimes against humanity. Libyan officials have said al-Senoussi was captured over the weekend and 고흥출장만남 is being held in the southern city of Sabha, although Libya’s interim prime minister could not confirm the report.
Rights groups have called on Libya to hand both men over for trial in The Hague, and Moreno-Ocampo stressed that even if Libyans want to try the two men in Libya they must still cooperate with the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal.
Libya is obliged by a Security Council resolution to work with the court, but that does not necessarily preclude a trial in Libya. If the National Transitional Council can convince judges in The Hague that the country has a functioning legal system that will give Saif al-Islam and al-Senoussi a fair trial on substantially the same charges as Moreno-Ocampo filed, then the ICC could declare Moreno-Ocampo’s case inadmissible and turn it over to Libya.
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