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Libya: Col Gaddafi to face ICC war crimes probe
Date 04/03/2011 13:01  Author webmaster  Hits 1254  Language Global

04 MAR 2011

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, his sons and Libya's most senior security officials are to be investigated for war crimes against the Libyan people by international prosecutors.

By Bruno Waterfield | The Telegraph

The International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, on Thursday warned Col Gaddafi that he will be held criminally responsible for his regime's violent suppression of protesters since Feb 15.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC's chief prosecutor, announced that his investigation would target "Gaddafi, his inner circle including some of his sons who had de facto authority over the security forces".

"There will be no impunity in Libya," he said.

"The allegations are that peaceful demonstrators were attacked by security forces. During the coming weeks, the office will investigate who are the most responsible for the most serious incidents, for the most serious crimes committed in Libya."

Immediate members of Col Gaddafi's family who are under investigation were not named but prosecutors did single out the commander of Libya's elite 32nd battalion, a post that is held by his son Khamis.

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