International court tells Libya to hand over Saif
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 12:10
  
The Hague: The International Criminal Court told Libyan authorities on Thursday to surrender former dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son wanted by the permanent tribunal for crimes against humanity.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was arrested in November by rebel fighters in Libya's remote southern desert, and has been held largely without access to the outside world since then.

He was indicted in June along with his father and the Gaddafi regime's intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi for killing and persecuting civilians in the early days of the uprising that eventually brought down Gaddafi's four-decade dictatorship.

Libyan authorities say they plan to put Saif on trial, and despite requests from The Hague have so far taken no action to hand him over.

In a written ruling published today, judges at the court rejected a request by Libya to postpone handing over Saif and urged the country's rulers to "proceed immediately with the surrender."

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 12:10


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