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ICC debating where Gaddafi`s son should be tried

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 00:43

The Hague: Libya Tuesday insisted it should be allowed to prosecute one of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi`s son, telling international judges that trying him at home will be "a unique opportunity for national reconciliation."

Libyan lawyer Ahmed al-Jehani, was speaking at the start of a two-day hearing at the International Criminal Court that will go a long way to deciding where Seif al-Islam Gaddafi will be put on trial for crimes against humanity in Libya or The Hague.

Seif al-Islam is charged by the international court with crimes against humanity for his alleged involvement in the deadly crackdown on dissent against his father`s rule.

However, Libyan authorities who captured him last year insist that the international tribunal`s own rules allow them to try Seif al-Islam.

Under the Hague-based court`s founding statute, it can only step in if a country where crimes were committed is unable or unwilling to prosecute, a legal principle called complementarity.

First Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 17:03
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