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International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

International Current Affairs 2011. International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah

Jun 28, 2011 16:48 IST
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) on 27 June 2011 issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity. The warrant was issued for them for orchestrating the killing, injuring, arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of civilians during the first 12 days of unrest and for trying to cover up the alleged crimes. It was felt that Gaddafi and company needed to be arrested so as to prevent them covering up ongoing crimes and committing new crimes.


Presiding judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng declared that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was accused of conceiving and orchestrating a plan to deter and quell by all means the civilian demonstrations. Senussi was accused of using his position to have attacks carried out.


However the warrant is unlikely to lead to Gaddafi's arrest as long he remains in power and inside Libya.


According to Lbyan Justice Minister Mohammed al-Qamoodi, Libya does not accept the decisions of the ICC which it believes is a tool of the Western world to prosecute leaders in the Third World.
The leader of the revolution and his son do not hold any official position in the Libyan government and therefore they have no connection to the claims of the ICC against them.

Gaddafi's government observed that he holds no formal post despite ruling for 41 years. The administration denied targeting civilians, mentioning that it has taken justified military action against armed criminal gangs and al Qaeda militants.

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