Monday, November 21, 2011

Gaddafi's Son to be Tried in Libya and not at ICC

The Libyan government has announced that it intends to try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Muammar Gaddafi's son, for crimes against the Libyan people in the country of Libya rather than sending him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for trial. The ICC had issued an indictment for crimes against humanity stating that it has evidence of Saif al-Islam's role in planning attacks against civilians. However, under the ICC statute, which follows the principle of complementarity, the ICC does not have jurisdiction to try a person unless the state is genuinely unable or unwilling to do so. The National Transitional Council of Libya believes that it is possible to give Saif al-Gaddafi a fair trial in Libya. Some experts have expressed doubt that the Libyan court system is ready to take on such a task.


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What experts? And how the ICC will be a fair venue, especially after the NATO's implication in the capture of Gaddhafi and indirectly in his death? Everybody saw the videos, all the members of the (in)famous international community practically cheered when Gaddhafi was manhandled and then killed. It took 24h, 24h for the same international community to acknowledge that the basic rules of law were breached the day before. I was no fan at all of Gaddhafi's regime but either the IHRL is upheld in its whole or it isn't. The ICC represented a beacon for many victims of totalitarian regimes in Africa. We can now see that it's just another mere extension of the Security Council i.e. the international community. There no perfect justice, I won't argue with that, but I think it's time for the so-called and never wrongs Western international experts to stop insulting our intelligence, in trying to convince us that you know what is the best justice. We don't trust a word that come out of your mouths, we don't believe in that institution anymore: the ICC.

Posted by: Anna | Nov 22, 2011 6:55:09 AM

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