Thursday, March 3, 2011
The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced yesterday that it will initiate an investigation of Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s regime for crimes against humanity in repressing peaceful protesters.
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo stated that preliminary examination of available information shows that an investigation is warranted after the UN Security Council last week asked him to look into the violent repression in which more than 1,000 people are reported to have been killed and many more injured as Mr. Qadhafi’s loyalists opened fire on peaceful civilians demanding his removal from government.
Mr. Moreno-Ocampo will present an overview of the alleged crimes committed in Libya since 15 February and information on the entities and persons who could be prosecuted at a news conference at The Hague today. After Mr. Moreno-Ocampo completes his preliminary investigation, he will present his case to ICC judges who will then decide whether or not to issue arrest warrants based on the evidence.
(cgb) (Adapted from a UN Press Release)