Sunday, March 27, 2011
Gaddafi & Co. to Face Charges
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The International Criminal Court (ICC), the world’s first permanent war crimes court, has announced that individuals accused of bombing and shooting anti-government protesters in Libya will end up on trial.
“Do I see that there will come a day when individuals responsible for this kind of conduct are in the ICC? Yes, it is not a question of if, it's a question of when,” Stephen Rapp, the former chief prosecutor at the U.N.-backed Sierra Leone court, told Reuters on Friday.
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on Thursday he may seek arrest warrants—for Gaddafi, his sons, and his key aides—by the end of May. Gaddafi and his cohorts will face a tribunal in The Hague.
Rapp also warned that rebels fighting Gaddafi could also be prosecuted for war crimes at the ICC if they commit, for example, reprisal killings of captured snipers.
Meanwhile, NATO is expected to assume command of all aerial operations in Libya, and a NATO doctrine is expected to take weeks to develop. NATO will be enforcing the no-fly zone “in a couple of days” from the United States.