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Niger says would respect court commitments on Gaddafi

Niger stresses its being a signatory of the Rome Statute and has a commitment to the International Criminal Court, doubting as a result that Gaddafi or his son Seif al-Islam would enter Niger being wanted by Interpol

Reuters , Friday 9 Sep 2011
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Niger would respect its commitments to the International Criminal Court if Libya's Muammar Gaddafi or his sons entered the country, the head of President Mahamadou Issoufou's cabinet told Reuters on Friday.

"We are signatories of the Rome Statute (of the International Criminal Court), so they know what they are exposed to if they come. Niger is a country of rights but we will also respect our international commitments," cabinet director Massaoudou Hassoumi said.

Britain and other countries in the international coalition backing Libyan insurgents against Gaddafi have said this week they would expect any ICC signatory country to hand him over to the Hague-based court.

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