News / Middle East

Libya Refuses ICC Request to Hand Over Gadhafi Son

FILE - Saif al-Islam Gadhafi in the accused cell as he stands trial for illegally trying communicating with the outside world in June of 2012, Zintan, Libya, May 2, 2013.
FILE - Saif al-Islam Gadhafi in the accused cell as he stands trial for illegally trying communicating with the outside world in June of 2012, Zintan, Libya, May 2, 2013.
Larry Freund
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court called on Libya Thursday to surrender Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the late Libyan ruler, but Libya’s representative at the United Nations turned down her request.

The Criminal Court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, urged Libya to turn over Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi to the court. Gadhafi, the son of the overthrown and slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been charged on two counts of crimes against humanity: murder and persecution.

Bensouda spoke to the United Nations Security Council, saying, “The obligation to surrender to the court persons against whom arrest warrants have been issued must be respected. Political considerations have no place in law, impartially and independently applied. I strongly urge the government of Libya to surrender Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi to the court without further delay.”

Libya’s U.N. ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, told the Security Council that the people of his country want to see Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi prosecuted within Libya.

“No government, regardless of how popular it is, can accept a trial that would take place outside of Libya, because that would then destabilize social peace, which is quite precarious and indeed, it might constitute a threat to the lives of the perpetrators of these crimes,” he said.

The International Criminal Court has ruled that another accused Libyan, the country’s former intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi, should stand trial in Libya. The Libyan ambassador said he hopes the court will recognize his country’s responsibility to try Gadhafi as well.

Libya has remained in turmoil since Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade rule ended with his killing by rebels in 2011. The central government is struggling to control former rebel militias, and there have been frequent attacks on soldiers and police.

ICC prosecutor Bensouda, in her report to the Security Council, said the security situation in Libya remains volatile and precarious. She added that there have been some promising gains, such as a draft law that would make rape during armed conflict a war crime in Libya.  Bensouda, however, said it is a matter of great concern that thousands of detainees remain in uncertain conditions, with well-founded allegations of torture and even killings in detention.

United States representative Rosemary DiCarlo said the Libyan government must work to ensure that those in detention centers are not held without due process and are treated humanely.

“The United States stands ready to assist Libya as it works to reform its justice sector, strengthen the rule of law and advance human rights," she said."We strongly believe that these and other areas of Libya’s transition need to be fully addressed.”

DiCarlo said the United States looks forward to continuing its active engagement with the Criminal Court and its prosecutor to advance accountability for atrocities.

You May Like

US, China Have Dueling Definitions of Cybersecurity

Analysts say attribution or or proving that a particular individual or government is responsible for a hack, is a daunting task More

Snowden: I'd Go to Prison to Return to US

Former NSA contractor says he has not received a formal plea-deal offer from US officials, who consider him to be a traitor More

Goodbye Pocahontas: Photos Reveal Today's Real Native Americans

Weary of stereotypes, photographer Matika Wilbur is determined to reshape the public's perception of her people More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
by: Princess Yamine from: Bahrain
November 15, 2013 1:51 AM
Moammar Gadhafi, son Saif; this is a son, not Bondman for his Father's Criminal Past! Saif, is an Educated Proffessional, having forsaken the ways of the World, for the works and call from the Divine Source of 'all' Life. Saif had no time to interest himself in works outside of Univerity and Resident Family Members! When the present Life Ends, let this be known: Leaders, having been called onto holding a Leadership Position, will sit among their own in Defense of their Leadership Choices. Moammar Gadhafi's Son Saif, is not inline for Leadership; Moammar Gadhafi is to 'our-world' dead. Whether fair or unfair Moammar Gadhafi, was oppressed into the Damn, and none can understand Lest they themselves be the root of the Oppression, and stand judged 'guilty'?

Leadership: Can Leadership be understood by those outside of Leadership? I think not? The heart, is formed by the head, and the head directs to the heart, the Colors that People Paint their Environment! We are what we Eat, and we eat what we like, for we had left the Garden of Eden, while yet being lost. Look in your own Closet and consider what you 'as a Team' are really inferring following Credit for seizing Radicals in Chaos! 11/11, the voices were statements of Panic; reason says: Anger has given rise to lost poise, posture, and position; the end result - haste finalize a 'Haunt on America', and Term was set under TaleBan?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europei
Luis Ramirez
October 02, 2015 4:45 PM
European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Russia’s Syria Involvement Raising Concerns in Europe

European nations are joining the United States in demanding that Russia stop targeting opposition groups other than the Islamic State militants as Russian warplanes continue to conduct raids in Syria. The demand came in a statement from Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States Friday. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video First Self-Driving Truck Debuts on European Highways

The first automated semi-trailer truck started its maiden voyage Friday, Oct. 2, on a European highway. The Daimler truck called 'Actros' is the first potentially mass-produced truck whose driver will be required only to monitor the situation, similar to the role of an airline captain while the plane is in autopilot mode. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Nano-tech Filter Cleans Dirty Water

Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania (in East Africa) is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.

Video Demand Rising for Organic Produce in Cambodia

In Cambodia, where rice has long been the main cash crop, farmers are being encouraged to turn to vegetables to satisfy the growing demand for locally produced organic farm products. Daniel de Carteret has more from Phnom Penh.

Video Migrant Influx Costs Europe, But Economy Could Benefit

The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants is testing Europe’s ability to respond – especially in the poorer Balkan states. But some analysts argue that Europe will benefit by welcoming the huge numbers of young people – many of them well educated and willing to work. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Botanists Grow Furniture, with Pruning Shears

For something a bit out of the ordinary to furnish your home, why not consider wooden chairs, crafted by nature, with a little help from some British botanists with an eye for design. VOA’s Jessica Berman reports.

Video New Fabric Helps Fight Dust-Related Allergies

Many people around the world suffer from dust-related allergies, caused mainly by tiny mites that live in bed linen. Polish scientists report they have successfully tested a fabric that is impenetrable to the microscopic creatures. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Burkina Faso's Economy Deeply Affected by Political Turmoil

Political turmoil in Burkina Faso over the past year has taken a toll on the economy. The transitional government is reporting nearly $70 million in losses in the ten days that followed a short-lived coup by members of the presidential guard earlier this month. The crisis shut businesses and workers went on strike. With elections on the horizon, Emilie Iob reports on what a return to political stability can do for the country's economic recovery.

Video Fleeing Violence, Some Syrians Find Refuge in Irbil

As Syrians continue to flee their country’s unrest to seek new lives in safer places, VOA Persian Service reporter Shepol Abbassi visited Irbil, where a number Syrians have taken refuge. During the religious holidy of Eid al-Adha, the city largely shut down, as temperatures soared. Amy Katz narrates his report.

Video Nigeria’s Wecyclers Work for Reusable Future in Lagos

The streets and lagoons of Africa's largest city - Lagos, Nigeria - are often clogged with trash, almost none of which gets recycled. One company is trying to change that. Chris Stein reports for VOA from Lagos.

Video Sketch Artist Helps Catch Criminals, Gives a Face to Deceased

Police often face the problem of trying to find a crime suspect based on general descriptions that could fit hundreds of people in the vicinity of the crime. In these cases, an artist can use information from witnesses to sketch a likeness that police can show the public via newspapers and television. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, such sketches can also help bring back faces of the dead.

Video Thailand Set to Build China-like Internet Firewall

Thai authorities are planning to tighten control over the Internet, creating a single international access point so they can better monitor content. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok on what is being called Thailand’s own "Great Firewall."

Video Croatian Town’s War History Evokes Empathy for Migrants

As thousands of Afghanistan, Iraqi and Syrian migrants pass through Croatia, locals are reminded of their own experiences with war and refugees in the 1990s. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from the town of Vukovar, where wartime scars still are visible today.

Video Long Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. VOA’s George Putic reports.

VOA Blogs