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Gaddafi’s son submits to ICC, highlight his guiltless

Gaddafi’s son submits to ICC, highlight his guiltless

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Friday Moammar Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi is expected to try to submit, as NATO decided to end its mission in Libya. Seif al-Islam submits to the ICC or seeks refuge in a friendly African country.

ICC has claimed Gaddafi’s fugitive son, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi could seek refuge in Zimbabwe to escape possible extradition to the Hague-based tribunal. Zimbabwe has ruled out ratifying the Rome Statute establishing the ICC, accusing the body of targeting Africans.

ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said, Zimbabwe as a likely possibility, and said the court was in contact with other countries to prevent his escape by denying over-flight permission to any plane carrying him.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi claimed that he is guiltless of crimes against humanity.

Moreno-Ocampo also mentioned, “The Office of the Prosecutor has made it clear that if Seif al-Islam Gaddafi submits to the ICC, he has the right to be heard in court, he is guiltless until proven guilty.” “The judges will decide,” he added.

Seif al-Islam, 39, in hiding for months, was indicted in June for inciting crowds to murder during the early stages of the Libyan revolution.

"This is a legal process and if the judges decide that Saif al-Islam is guiltless, or has served his sentence, he can request the judges to send him to a different country as long as that country accepts him," Moreno-Ocampo added.

The prosecutor has said in the past that while Libya is not party to the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty that had established the ICC, it has the primary responsibility to carry out the arrest warrants in compliance with relevant resolution of the Security Council. The UN body had referred the crisis in Libya to ICC.


Updated : 2021-10-28 22:14 GMT+08:00