ICC prosecutor demands arrest and surrender of Libyan fugitives

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-07 02:32:31|Editor: yan
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Wednesday demanded the arrest and surrender of three Libyan fugitives wanted by the court.

In a briefing to the Security Council on the ICC's work on Libya, Bensouda noted that arrest warrants remain outstanding against Mahmoud al-Werfalli, an officer of the Libyan National Army (LNA); Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi; and Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, the former head of the Libyan Internal Security Agency during the final years of the government of Muammar Gaddafi.

The three fugitives stand accused of grave international crimes. Those crimes include the war crimes of murder, torture, cruel treatment and outrages upon personal dignity, and the crimes against humanity of persecution, imprisonment, torture, and other inhumane acts, said Bensouda.

Her office has reliable information on the current whereabouts of all three suspects. Yet, the three men remain at large, and justice still eludes the victims of their alleged crimes, she told the Security Council.

Gaddafi is believed to be in Zintan, Libya; Al-Tuhamy resides in Cairo; al-Werfalli continues to enjoy his liberty in the Benghazi area in Libya, said Bensouda.

Impunity serves both as an obstacle and a threat to stability and must be checked through the force of law, she said. "Perpetrators of serious international crimes are emboldened when they believe they will never face justice. The cycle of impunity has provided a breeding ground for atrocities in Libya."

Breaking this cycle requires a concerted international effort to ensure accountability for atrocity crimes. Through the arrest and surrender of the ICC fugitives, the international community can begin to bring justice to the victims in Libya and help prevent future crimes and victimization, she said.