Monday 11 December 2017

Gaddafi and sons face international investigation over war crimes

Bruno Waterfield

COLONEL Muammar Gaddafi, his sons and Libya's most senior security officials are to be investigated for war crimes against the Libyan people by international prosecutors.

The International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, warned Col Gaddafi yesterday that he would be held criminally responsible for his regime's violent suppression of protesters since February 15.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor, announced that his investigation would target "Gaddafi, his inner circle, including some of his sons".

He added: "There will be no impunity in Libya. The allegations are that peaceful demonstrators were attacked by security forces. During the coming weeks, the office will investigate who are the most responsible for the most serious incidents, for the most serious crimes committed in Libya."

Immediate members of Col Gaddafi's family who are under investigation were not named but prosecutors did single out the commander of Libya's elite 32nd battalion, a post that is held by his son Khamis.

Following a UN Security Council resolution last Saturday, court prosecutors have moved quickly to launch the investigation in an attempt to put pressure on Col Gaddafi to halt attacks on Libyan rebels. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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