International court tells Libya to hand over Saif

Last Updated: Thursday, April 5, 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 5, 2012 - 12:10

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