Friday 21 July 2017

International prosecutor calls for arrest of Gaddafi's son

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi has been released (Ammar El-Darwish/AP)
Seif al-Islam Gaddafi has been released (Ammar El-Darwish/AP)

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has appealed for the immediate arrest of the son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was recently released from custody in Libya after more than five years in detention.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called on Libya "and all other states, if in a position to do so, to immediately arrest and surrender" Seif al-Islam to the court.

The ICC has no police force and relies on co-operation from states to arrest suspects.

Ms Bensouda said in a statement that an arrest warrant issued by the court in 2011 remains valid.

Seif al-Islam is charged with murder and persecution for his alleged role in the violent suppression of anti-government protests in 2011.

His former captors said over the weekend that his release was decided as part of a pardon issued by the Libyan parliament based in the country's eastern region.

Ms Bensouda also called for the arrest of another Libyan suspect, identified by the court as Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, who is wanted by the international court on charges including torture and persecution also allegedly committed in 2011.

The whereabouts of both men remains unclear.

Muammar Gaddafi was also charged by the court, but was killed by rebels before he could be detained and sent to The Hague to face justice.

Libya is not a member of the court.

The United Nations Security Council asked the court to open an investigation in Libya amid widespread reports of atrocities as Gaddafi attempted to cling to power in the face of a popular uprising.

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