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Gaddafi son pleads for ICC trial

Seif al-Islam's lawyer call on the Libyan government to let the International Criminal Court to prosecute the son of the former dictator

AFP , Tuesday 31 Jul 2012
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Slain Libyan dictator Mummar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam believes he should be tried before the International Criminal Court if justice is to be served, his lawyers said Tuesday.

"The only way for Libya and the Libyan people to have justice is for the ICC to try this case in a fair, impartial and independent manner," he was quoted as saying in a defence document submitted to the court.

The Hague-based ICC has issued warrants against both Seif and his late father's spymaster, Abdullah Senussi, for crimes against humanity committed while trying to put down last year's bloody revolt.

Seif has been in custody in the southern Libyan town of Zintan since his November in the wake of the uprising that toppled Gaddafi after more than 40 years in power.

The ICC and the Libyan government are locked in a dispute over where Seif should be tried.

"I would have liked to have been tried in Libya by Libyan judges under Libyan law in front of the Libyan people," Seif was quoted as saying in the document, issued after ICC lawyers visited him last month.

"There will also be no truth if witnesses are faced with possible life sentences for simply testifying in my favour," he said. "I am not afraid to die but if you execute me after such a trial you should just call it murder."

His international lawyer Melinda Taylor and four ICC staff members were freed earlier this month after being held in Libya four almost four weeks while visiting Seif on behalf of the court.

Taylor said after her release that she believed it would be "impossible" for Seif to be tried in an independent and impartial manner in Libyan courts.

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17-08-2012 03:31pm
Islam trial .
Why not apply justice to islam .let him get tried in ICC instead of being tried by fools who do not know what the law says . after all they even dont know were they came from .time will tell whether Gadaffi was good or bad to them .Africans wake up dont get mislead. I praise ndugu Mugabe and Zimbabweans . who could not be driven by western powers. When we africans are fooled its we to suffer casualities while Muzungu is at peace imagine . Leave the Libyan fools enjoy what they think they fought for . You already regretting . Gadaffi remains a her o and let islam get tried in ICC .
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