The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, today issued arrest warrants for the Libyan leader Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah al-Senussi for crimes against humanity committed in Libya.
Three judges of the pre-trial chamber of the ICC decided that there are enough grounds to believe, that the three accused committed crimes against humanity from 15 February until at least 28 February across Libya through the state apparatus and security forces. The arrests seem necessary to ensure appearance before the court, to prevent obstruction of justice and continuation of their crimes, the ICC stated on its website.
Saif al-Islam (‘Sword of Islam’) Gaddafi is the Libyan strongman’s second son. Abdullah al-Senussi is Gaddafi’s brother-in-law and is notorious for his brutality. Amongst other atrocities he allegedly is responsible for a prison massacre with 1,200 dead inmates and for planning the Lockerbie terror attack. He is wanted in France for involvement in another terror attack and could not leave Libya since 1999 for that reason.
The ICC arrest warrant makes it virtually impossible for Gaddafi to find asylum in another country, as has been suggested by the African Union and other organisations.
(Sources: International Criminal Court; 27 June 2011)