ICC Prosecutor: Individuals responsible for war crimes in Libya will be brought to justice
[Libya Observer] The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has urged in her briefing at the Security Council all member states of the United Nations
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to ensure a consistent and unambiguous message is conveyed to all warring factions in Libya that the rules of international humanitarian law must be fully respected, and that perpetrators of atrocity crimes will be held individually criminally responsible.
Bensouda also reminded the council that outstanding warrants issued for the arrest of Saif al-Islam Qadaffy, Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, and al-Tuhamy Mohammed Khaled, are executed, with them transferring to the ICC for trial, was "the first and indispensible step".
Bensouda explained that if the three wanted criminals were surrendered to the ICC, it would send a strong and necessary message to the victims of grave crimes in Libya, that the Security Council and the international community on the lam are serious about pursing justice and committed to taking concrete action towards that end.
She indicated that Mahmoud al-Werfalli is still in Libya and is freely moving without any concrete evidence that he was prosecuted by the "Libyan National Army" under Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
"The execution of arrest warrants remains one of the ICC’s greatest challenges, leaving them wholly reliant on the cooperation of states. The commitment of the council to urge states to act, was also key," she added.
Posted by: Fred 2019-05-11