Friday, June 10, 2011

The ICC is investigating the use of rape in Libya as a weapon against opponents

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno Ocampo, has certainly Wednesday it is investigating allegations about the use of rape by the Libyan army as a weapon in the conflict against the rebels. Moreno Ocampo said he was informed that the regime of Muammar Gaddafi "bought containers of drugs such as Viagra" to encourage his soldiers to sexual violence.

"We're trying to see who is involved in that," said the ICC's chief prosecutor at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York. He also noted that initially it was unclear what level of government came the instruction on the rape of civilians, but then received evidence that Gaddafi himself decided to impose sexual violence as punishment for alleged opponents of the regime.

The aim would be to humiliate women and weaken the opposition front, according to human rights experts. "It's a new tactic own," he said. Moreno Ocampo believed to have presented sufficient material evidence for a lawsuit against Gaddafi on two counts in the indictment. He refers to his order to fire on unarmed demonstrators and persecution, torture and murder of suspected Libyans also took to the streets to protest against his regime and have been missing since then.

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