Libya’s Case in the International Criminal Court

Posted: March 6, 2011 in News and Views

Colonel Qaddafi

International Criminal Court has taken up Libya’s situation and started preliminary examination which will be completed in few days, said by the ICC Prosecutor, Louis Moreno Ocampo, an Argentinian citizen.

Once preliminary examination is completed, full investigation will start against individual who are accused of committing serious crimes in Libya.

Libya’s case has been forwarded to the Court by the UN Security Council through a resolution because Libya is not party to the Court so this case be forwarded only by the UN Security Council as was the case of Sudan where its current president is under the Court’s arrest warrrants.

Luis Moreno Ocampo-ICC Prosecutor

Sources of the The International Criminal Court stated  they have been in contact with Libyan army officers to gather information about civilian deaths during the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, and pledged “no impunity” for anyone found to have committed crimes against humanity.

Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he hoped to decide within days whether to open a formal investigation that could lead to indictments against those responsible, and had formed a team to begin collecting information.

“Information suggests that forces loyal to President Moammar Gadhafi are attacking civilians in Libya. This could constitute crimes against humanity and must stop,” the Argentinian prosecutor said.

International Criminal Court which prosecutes the individuals who commit serious crimes (War crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide and Crime of Aggression) based at Hague has 114 parties. Pakistan is not party to the Court. United States, Russia, India and China are also not party to the Court yet.

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