Monday, November 21, 2011

[Updated] Two Libya Suspects Arrested: Next to The Hague?

According to media reports, both of the suspects wanted by the ICC - Seif al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Senussi - have been arrested. The ICC Prosecutor is expected to travel soon to Tripoli, likely to discuss whether the two suspects will be handed over to the ICC in The Hague. The Libyan authorities have not yet stated whether they will extradite Gaddafi and Sannusi, who have been on the run for months. The other suspect, Muammar el-Gaddafi, was captured and killed last month.

Yesterday the Office of the Prosecutor released a press statement indicating that the Court may permit Libya to try the suspects in their fledgling national courts: "I will talk to the national authorities and seek information about proposed national proceedings in order to assist us in analysing the admissibility of the case against Saif Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi and to understand their plans moving ahead. Their arrest is a crucial step in bringing to justice those most responsible for crimes committed in Libya. This is not a military or political issue, it is a legal requirement. [...] The issue of where the trials will be held has to be resolved through consultations with the Court. In the end, the ICC judges will decide, there are legal standards which will have to be adhered to."

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