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The ICC and Libya :Update on the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi

Libya: Latest Statements, News and Opinion

The Coalition for the ICC has brought the latest news related to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation in Libya. Below is an update on the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the latest Coalition members’ statements and articles quoting the Coalition, as well as news and opinion related to the situation in Libya. For more information on the ICC investigation in Libya or on the work of the Coalition visit:coalitionfortheicc.org.

Update on the case of against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi

On 9-10 October 2011 the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) I convened a hearing on Libya’s challenge to the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. The Judges on 3 October 2012 rejected a request from legal representatives of Libya to either treat the admissibility hearing as a status conference or postpone it until November 2012.

BACKGROUND

The investigation into the situation in Libya was opened by the ICC prosecutor on 3 March 2011, following a preliminary examination of available information prompted by the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1970 (2011) on 26 February 2011. This referred to the situation in Libya, a state not party to the Rome Statute, to the Court. Arrest warrants were issued on 27 June 2012 for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, Abdullah Al-Senussi and Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi was captured on 19 November 2011 and is currently being held in Zintan, Libya. Al-Senussi was arrested in Nouakchott, Mauritania on March 2012 extradited to Libya on 5 September 2012. The case against Muammar Gaddafi was terminated by the ICC on 22 November 2011 due to his death in  Libya.

On 2 July 2012, four ICC staff members from the OPCD were released from detention in Zintan, Libya. The four had been detained on 7 June 2012 while visiting Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi after one was accused of carrying spy equipment and a letter from an associate of Gaddafi’s wanted by the Libyan government.

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