Libya Rebels Reject Gadhafi Extradition, Want Him Tried by Libyans

ICC Prosecutor Seeking Arrest Warrant for Gadhafi

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo today asked judges to issue an arrest warrant for Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi would face charges of “crimes against humanity.”

The move was publicly opposed by a number of people, but the most interesting was the National Transitional Council in Benghazi, the head of the rebel effort to oust Gadhafi from power.

The group says that it opposes any effort to extradite Gadhafi and instead wants him to be captured and tried domestically. The ICC is also seeking warrants for Gadhafi’s son Saif al-Islam and brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanousi.

The ICC was charged to investigate top Libyan officials by the UN Security Council in late February. Though the resolution encouraged moves against government officials, the US insisted that it grant broad immunity to mercenaries fighting on the side of the Gadhafi regime.

Author: Jason Ditz

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