Friday, March 4, 2011

The International Criminal Court will investigate the violence in Libya

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, will open an investigation into the violent events in Libya. "After conducting a preliminary review of available information, the prosecutor has concluded that an investigation is warranted," said the Prosecutor of the ICC in a statement.

The note said that Moreno-Ocampo formally make the announcement tomorrow, Thursday at a press conference in The Hague and points out that Council Resolution 1970 of UN Security, adopted last Saturday, "grants jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court the situation is in Libya since the February 15, 2011.

" In the press conference, the prosecutor will give an "overview" of "the alleged crimes in Libya," since that date and will offer "preliminary information on the institutions and persons that could be processed", which "advised to avoid future crimes. " Also, the statement said that the prosecution is in contact with the UN, the African Union, Arab League and the states and that Moreno-Ocampo will request information from other sources, "such as Interpol, to offer assistance." Moreno-Ocampo, which "shall act independently and impartially," according to the prosecution, then submit the case to the ICC judges who will decide whether to issue arrest warrants based on evidence.

The ICC is the first permanent tribunal of its kind, and can investigate crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. He has conducted research in five African countries. Libya has not signed the Rome Statute that established the ICC, but last Saturday the court may judge the Libyans because the Security Council of the UN referred to the ICC the violent events in the North African country where the regime Muammar Gaddafi has violently suppressed a popular revolt against him.

It also imposed sanctions on Qaddafi and his family. Moreno-Ocampo has said before that there is data that "suggest that forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi are attacking civilians in Libya" and that these acts could constitute crimes against humanity. The prosecutor has been in contact with members of the civil and military authorities Llibia to understand the command structure and the functioning of the Libyan military.

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