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Int'l court seeks Interpol help to arrest Gadhafi

 A former rebel fighter removes with a knife Kadhafi's slogans next to a pre-Gadhafi's flag, at the last checkpoint  before Bani Walid, in Wai Dinar, ...
 A former rebel relaxes at a checkpoint at the last checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, in Wai Dinar, Libya, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Libya's ...

Mideast Libya

A former rebel fighter removes with a knife Kadhafi's slogans next to a pre-Gadhafi's flag, at the last checkpoint before Bani Walid, in Wai Dinar, ...

APTOPIX Mideast Libya

A former rebel relaxes at a checkpoint at the last checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, in Wai Dinar, Libya, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Libya's ...

The International Criminal Court is seeking Interpol's help in arresting ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the court's chief prosecutor said Thursday.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo is asking the international police organization to issue a "red notice" for Gadhafi and says arresting him is a "matter of time."
Gadhafi has not been seen in public for months. In an audio message broadcast Thursday by a pro-Gadhafi satellite TV channel based in Syria, he vowed never to leave Libya and called on supporters to keep fighting.
Moreno-Ocampo's office said he also sought Interpol help in the arrest of Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam, and the regime's intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Sanoussi.
All three men are accused of crimes against humanity over a campaign of murder and torture since February in an attempt to crush dissent. The court issued arrest warrants for them in June, but it has no police force of its own. It relies on national law enforcement agencies to execute arrests.
Interpol says that red notices allow warrants to be circulated worldwide with a request that the wanted suspect be arrested.
However, issuing red notices for the three Libyans would be largely symbolic because the U.N. Security Council already urged U.N. member states to cooperate with the international court when the council called on Moreno-Ocampo to investigate atrocities in Libya.
It also remains to be seen if Libyan fighters hunting Gadhafi and the new National Transitional Council leadership will hand over the suspects if they are captured.
The former rebels have said they want to put Gadhafi on trial for abuses throughout his nearly 42-year rule.
And nations that are members of the Security Council that originally ordered the international investigation have backed the former rebels.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron said last week that it is up to the Libyans to decide how to judge Gadhafi.


Updated : 2021-06-20 09:08 GMT+08:00