Libya to Fight ICC’s Demand for Gadaffi’s Son,Seif al Islam
The Libyan government says its against the ICC’s decision that it hands over Seif al Islam ,the son of fallen Libyan dictator ,Col.Muammar Gadaffi.It intends to appeal the ruling.
Judges at the ICC on Friday rejected Libya’s claim that the tribunal has no right to try Gadhafi because Tripoli intends to try him. Libya argues that the international court can intervene only if the local legal system is not up to the task.
ICC judges said Libyan government lawyers have not proved that their authorities are investigating the same crimes as the international prosecutors. They also questioned whether Libya has full custody over Saif al-Islam, something it would need if it were to try him.
Gaddafi has been indicted by the court on war crimes charges relating to the 2011 uprising which toppled his father from office. In June 2011, the ICC issued a warrant for his arrest for two counts of crimes against humanity.
At the same time, The Hague judges ruled Libya must surrender Qaddafi’s son to the court, rejecting an argument from Libyan authorities that wish to prosecute him themselves.