Italy wants Gaddafi and sons on trial in Hague

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 23:31

Rome: Italian Foreign Minister Franco
Frattini said on Tuesday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his
sons would be captured soon and should be judged by the
International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

"They will be captured without a doubt, and soon. In my
opinion they should certainly be put on trial in the Hague,"
Frattini said in an interview with Radioanchio radio.

"I hope that the National Transitional Council in Bengasi
will hand them over to the Hague tribunal" to be tried for war
crimes, he said, adding that they could also be "put on trial
for other charges in Libyan courts."

Two of Gaddafi`s sons, believed to have been captured by
the rebels yesterday, were today said to be still at large and
the Libyan leader`s whereabouts remained unknown.

Seif al-Islam, after being said by the International
Criminal Court (ICC) to be under arrest, appeared before
cheering armed loyalists outside the family`s residential
compound in the early hours of today.

Mohammed Gaddafi, the leader`s eldest son whose arrest had
also been announced by rebels, has escaped, the Libyan
ambassador to Washington told CNN.

Frattini refused to be drawn on who Italy would like to
see lead a post-Gaddafi Libya, but praised Abdelsalam Jalloud,
Gaddafi`s former right-hand man, as having "excellent
attributes."

The former Prime Minister, who fled to Italy after
defecting at the weekend, "played a balanced role in Libya,
and did not dirty himself with the crimes" carried out by the
regime, he said.

Frattini said the NTC leaders Moustapha Abdeljalil and
Mahmoud Jibril "have shown themselves to have wisdom and
equanimity, even in delicate moments" but warned against
confusing "what the West likes with what Libyans like."

The Libyan ambassador in Italy, Hafez Gaddour, told
Radioanchio that "Gaddafi will flee or will be arrested alive
but it`s unlikely he`ll give himself up."

"We want him to be arrested to be put on trial for the
crimes he has committed," said the diplomat, who joined the
rebels several months ago.

Gaddour said Italy and Libya "will continue to have
special relations."

As Libya`s former colonial ruler Italy enjoyed strong
economic ties with Gaddafi and was the country`s top trade
partner before the start of the conflict in mid-February.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 23:31

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