Libyan govt spokesman sees Gaddafi son to be tried in Libya

Reuters and AFP, Saturday 19 Nov 2011

Libyan official announce that Said al-Islam Gaddafi will be tried in Libya instead of being tried by International Criminal Court, while the ICC say that Tripoli has an obligation to cooperate with the international court

A spokesman for Libya's outgoing interim government said on Saturday that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi would be tried in the country rather than being sent to The Hague.
"This is the final chapter of the Libyan drama," Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam told Reuters. "We will put him on trial in Libya and he will be judged by Libyan law for his crimes."

Gaddafi, like his late father, was indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague over his alleged role in killing demonstrators after the anti-Gaddafi uprising began in February. But Libyans also want to try him for previous alleged crimes.

Shammam said former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, the remaining Libyan indicted by the ICC who is still on the run, would be found in time. "We will hunt him until we capture him or kill him," he said.

In the mean time the spoksperson of the ICC, Fadi El-Abdallah , said the Libyan authorities have an obligation to cooperate with the court, But he added: "If Libyan authorities believe that a trial at national level is a better solution, they can ask that the case not be admitted in The Hague based on the court's complementary principle."

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