No decision yet on Gaddafi son's trial: Int'l Criminal
23 January 2012, 17:46
The International Criminal Court said on Monday it has not decided
whether Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the overthrown Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi, should be tried in Libya, contradicting earlier
comments by a Libyan minister.
Libya and the international war crimes court appear to be at loggerheads over where Saif al-Islam's trial should take place.
Depending on the outcome, Gaddafi's most prominent son could
either face the death penalty in his home country, or the prospect of
awaiting trial in a comfortable detention centre known as "The Hague
Hilton" in the Netherlands, with no risk of capital punishment.
The ICC issued an arrest warrant for Saif al-Islam last year
after prosecutors accused him and others of involvement in the killing
of protesters during the revolt that eventually toppled his father in
But when militia fighters captured Saif al-Islam in November, Libya said it wanted to try him at home.
The ICC has given Libya a January 23 deadline to confirm whether
and when it would surrender Saif al-Islam and to give information about
his mental and physical health. It also asked Libya to answer concerns,
raised by activists, that Saif al-Islam was being held incommunicado,
without access to lawyers.
ICC spokesman Fadi El-Abdallah said that the court had received
information on Monday from Libya but declined to give details, saying it
He added that the judges had not made a decision on whether Saif
al-Islam could be tried in Libya, contradicting comments by Libya's
minister of justice.
"Libya applied on Friday to the ICC for Saif to be tried in a
Libyan court. The ICC accepted," Minister of Justice Ali Humaida Ashour
told Reuters on Monday, adding that an investigation into Saif had yet
to finish but his trial date would be announced when it had been
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