`ICC trial for Saif al-Islam could be in Libya`
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Last Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011, 23:42
  
The Hague: The trial of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam could be held in Libya under the auspices of the International Criminal Court, the ICC's chief prosecutor said on Friday.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo also proposed two other options to put Seif in the dock for crimes against humanity in the attempt to put down Libya's popular revolt, sparked in mid-February.

"The prosecutor proposed as a third possibility that the ICC might, subject to judges' approval, conduct the trial against Seif al-Islam in Libya," Moreno-Ocampo said in a document submitted to the Hague-based court.

"This process could start with a first appearance and subsequently with a confirmation of charges on Libyan territory," he said, adding that Tripoli "did not rule out that option, but also did not endorse or accept it."

Moreno-Ocampo also proposed two other options, namely Libya asking the ICC to decide whether a Libyan court could prosecute Saif, or Libyan courts trying Seif for other crimes, for which he is wanted in Libya, with the ICC prosecuting him on separate charges of crimes against humanity.

But the Argentinian prosecutor said should ICC judges decide in favour of Libya trying Saif, it was "not within the mandate of the office of the prosecutor to serve as an advisor or to monitor a domestic trial."

The ICC's own mandate says it can only prosecute those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes if a state's national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate and prosecute them.

PTI


First Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, 23:42


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