Monday, November 21, 2011
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.