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Gaddafi's son to be tried inside Libya: ICC chief prosecutor

11-24-2011 14:02 BJT Special Report:Libya in Post-Gaddafi Era |

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The International Criminal Court has agreed that Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, can be tried in Libya -- instead of being sent to the Hague.

The comments came from the ICC's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who says Libya has the right to prosecute Saif on its own soil, along with Abdullah Sen-ussi, the former Libyan intelligence chief.

The International Criminal Court says it will not challenge Libya's right to try Muammar Gaddafi's son and one-time heir apparent in his own country, with Libyan judges.

It's cleared the way for Saif al-Islam, the only Gaddafi family member in Libyan custody, to answer his alleged crimes under Libyan law -- which currently includes the death penalty.

Libya's new leaders say Saif will get a fair hearing, and that his trial is a matter of national sovereignty.

Salwa Al Ghaili, NTC Legal Committee, said, "In the case of Saif al Islam, international law is supplementary. Our national law is the priority. He will be tried in Libya."

Human rights groups have called on Libya to hand over both Saif, and Abdullah Sen-ussi, the former Libyan intelligence chief, to The Hague.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), answers
questions after the joint press conference with Libya's Interim Justice Minister Mohammed
al-Allagui in Tripoli, capital of Libya, on Nov. 23, 2011. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said here
Wednesday that Saif al-Islam, the captured son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will
be tried inside Libya. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)

ICC chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo says Libya must still cooperate with the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo said, "Libya is now established, it is a new government and they have the right to prosecute Seif and Senoussi (Abdullah al-Senoussi, Gadhafi's former intelligence chief) here and in according with our rules the primacy is with the national system. If they conduct the proceedings, the court will not intervene."

The ICC has charged Saif and al-Senoussi with crimes against humanity, over their role in unleashing a brutal crackdown on protesters in February.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo (2nd R), the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC),
speaks during a joint press conference after meeting with Libya's Interim Justice Minister
Mohammed al-Allagui in Tripoli, capital of Libya, on Nov. 23, 2011. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said
here Wednesday that Saif al-Islam, the captured son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi,
will be tried inside Libya. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)

Some analysts believe Saif's trial will prove problematic, as the country struggles to build a judicial system after nearly 42 years of rule by Muammar Gaddafi.

There is also speculation that Saif's knowledge of classified political secrets is another reason for him not being handed to the Hague.

Saif was captured on November 19 in southern Libya, as he tried to flee to Niger (PRONOUNCED NEE-JAIRE). He's still being held by revolutionary fighters in the mountain town of Zintan, southwest of the capital.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo (1st L), the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC),
attends a joint press conference after meeting with Libya's Interim Justice Minister
Mohammed al-Allagui in Tripoli, capital of Libya, on Nov. 23, 2011. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said here Wednesday that Saif al-Islam, the captured son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi,
will be tried inside Libya. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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