A British official says Syrian President Bashar Assad could eventually be referred to the International Criminal Court alongside Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.
The court's prosecutor said Monday he had asked judges to issue arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his son and the country's intelligence chief for deliberately targeting civilians during the crackdown on rebels.
A British defense minister, Nick Harvey, told British legislators he believed it was likely the court would in the future seek to charge Assad over Syria's violent crackdown on protests.
He said the court was "highly likely to arrive at a similar conclusion" in the case of Assad as it had over Gadhafi.
Britain has so far not called for Assad to step down, but has demanded his regime halts its violence.