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26 May 2016
Despite limited resources, the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) says she is “optimistic” about efforts to bring about justice in Libya.
Fatou Bensouda presented her latest report on the country to the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday.
The ICC continues to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed during the regime of former Libyan President, Muammar al-Qhadafi, who died in 2011.
It had issued arrest warrants for the late leader, his son, Saif al-Islam al-Qhadafi, and former intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi.
Last year, a court in Tripoli sentenced the younger Mr al-Qhadafi and Mr al-Senussi to death.
Dianne Penn reports.
Ms Bensouda urged Libya’s new unity government to facilitate Mr al-Qhadafi’s surrender to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
He is being detained by a militia in Zintan, in the west of the country.
The Prosecutor has asked the ICC judges to have the request for arresting and surrendering Mr al-Qhadafi sent directly to the rebels who are holding him.
She added that the Court has also conducted a preliminary review of the judgement in Mr al-Senussi’s case.
“I must reiterate that until my team is able to carry out investigations in Libya, and until the issue of resources is resolved, the Office will simply be unable to advance the investigations as rapidly as desired. We are optimistic, however, that in the coming months, we will be able to resume our functions in Libya, and accelerate our efforts to bring to justice those responsible for Rome Statute crimes, in coordination with key partners in and outside of Libya.”
The Rome Statute is the 2002 treaty which established the International Criminal Court.
Ms Bensouda said her Office also remains concerned about ongoing civilian deaths in Libya at the hands of groups such as ISIL, also known as Daesh, and hopes to expand investigations into these crimes.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.