Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Gaddafi faces war crimes charge

Muammar Gaddafi is one of three Libyan senior leaders issued with arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court prosecutor has asked judges to issue an arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and two other senior members of his regime for crimes against humanity, accusing them of deliberately targeting civilians in their crackdown against rebels.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah Al Sanousi ordered, planned and participated in illegal attacks.

He said Gaddafi's forces attacked civilians in their homes, shot at demonstrators, shelled funeral processions and deployed snipers to kill people leaving mosques.

Judges must now evaluate the evidence before deciding whether to confirm the charges and issue international arrest warrants.

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