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Updated On: Tuesday, 25 September 2018

ICC Update on War Crimes in Libya

Content by: South-South News

15 May 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council on May 9 that “accountability for the grave and destabilizing crimes under the Rome Statute and full respect for the rule of law are integral to sustainable peace, stability, and development in Libya.”

Bensouda told the Council that in March 2018, members the ICC’s Libya team “travelled to the country for the first time on Libyan territory since June of 2012.”This recent visit to Libya, she said, “marks a significant advance” in the ICC’s investigative activities.

She added that “the value of the opportunity to work in the territory where alleged crimes have been, or are being, committed cannot be overemphasized.”

The ICC Prosecutor said the case of Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, who allegedly played a role in the murder of 33 people, “demonstrates the crucial importance of the timely arrest and surrender of individuals subject to ICC warrants of arrest.”

She noted that despite being the subject of an ICC arrest warrant, Al-Werfalli remained at large and “there are now credible allegations that in the period since the warrant was issued, he has committed further murders which may be prosecuted by my Office as war crimes under the Rome Statute.”

ICC warrants of arrest remain outstanding for the son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, as well as for the former head of the Internal Security Agency of Libya, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled.

The Libyan Ambassador, Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, in his address to the Council said, “We are aware of the delay when it comes to prosecuting the accused. This does not mean that national justice does not wish to punish those responsible for crimes. Rather, it is a delay due to the security situation in Libya, a situation that prevented the office of the Prosecutor of the ICC from conducting direct investigations in Libyan territory.”


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