Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The ICC issued an international arrest warrant against Gaddafi and his family members

The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today ordered the arrest of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, his second son, Saif al Islam, and his brother Abdullah al Senusi, who is also chief regime's military intelligence. In a public hearing, the judges of the ICC's first Preliminary explained that the prosecution has presented enough evidence to issue arrest warrant for Gadhafi and his immediate environment, accused of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Libya from last February during riots in the North African country.

This is the second time in its nine year history of the ICC issued an arrest warrant against a head of state to the first was against Sudanese President Omar al Bashir. The ICC's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, requested on 16 May, the international arrest warrant against the three Libyan leader, whom he accused of having ordered "personally" to his loyal forces to fire on unarmed civilians in Tripoli , Benghazi and Misrata since antigovernment protests began, on 15 February.

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