Arrest of Three Libyans Wanted for Grave Crimes ‘Would Send Strong and Necessary Message’ to Victims, Urges Top Prosecutor 

5/23/2019

The arrest and transfer of three men in Libya who are wanted on war crimes charges — including the son of former ruler Muammar Gadaffi — would “send a strong and necessary message” to victims, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the UN Security Council on May 8. 

Fatou Bensouda was delivering her latest report on the progress being made to bring those charged with grave crimes in Libya to account, since the overthrow of the former president in 2011, acknowledging that “the path to justice is often long and the investigations undertaken by her office, “are complex and challenging.”

“Establishing the rule of law is essential to securing ongoing peace and stablity in Libya” she said. “The Council must demonstrate through concrete action its commitment to holding accountable, those responsible for violations of humanitarian law” and the other crimes listed in the Rome Statute.  

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