Libya frees detained ICC officials accused of spying

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 00:45

Zeenews Bureau

Zintan: Putting an end to a diplomatic standoff, Libya on Monday freed four officials of International Criminal Court (ICC), who were detained on the charges of spying in June.

The four ICC staff members had come to visit Saif-al Islam, captured son of Muammar Gaddafi, and were accused of breaching Libya’s security.

Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor and her colleague translator Helene Assaf, a Lebanese, had been accused of smuggling documents to Saif-al Islam.

The two others Russian Alexander Khodakov and Spaniard Esteban Peralta Losilla, remained with them exhibiting team spirit.

Libya’s decision of releasing the ICC officials came after an apology from ICC president Sang-Hyun Song, who is in Zintan.

In a news conference in Zintan, Mr Song apologised for the “difficulties” caused by the ICC team, saying, "I wish to apologize for the difficulties which arose due to this series of events. In carrying out its duties (the ICC) has no intention to compromise the national security of Libya.”

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First Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 00:44

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