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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's Prosecution

In 2008 Cinema for Peace introduced Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and made him promise to gain support within the African Union for the prosecution of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir against whom the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant.

By now, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi himself is fleeing prosecution, while it is still not clear among the prosecution who will be responsible to put him on trial and who is not.

Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Moreno-Ocampo said people linked to Saif al-Islam had approached his office with questions "about the legal conditions attaching to his potential surrender to the court". They included "what would happen to him if he appeared before the judges, could he be sent back to Libya, what would happen if he were to be convicted, what would happen if he were acquitted?"

Libya's National Trasitional Council (NTC) said it wanted to try Saif al-Islam and Senussi in Libya. Both men have been indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity and other war crimes. Moreno-Ocampo's report to the Security Council suggested it was possible for Saif al-Islam and Senussi to be tried in Libya if the Libyans submitted a formal request. It would then be up to ICC judges to decide. Another possibility, he said, was for the ICC to conduct its own trials inside Libya.

Moreno-Ocampo told the Security Council his investigations would not be confined to Gaddafi's forces. "There are allegations of crimes committed by NATO forces, allegations of crimes committed by NTC-related forces ... as well as allegations of additional crimes committed by pro-Gaddafi forces," he said in a speech to the council. "These allegations will be examined impartially and independently by the [prosecution]."

 

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