Gaddafi and sons could be investigated: ICC

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 3:54 PM
Gaddafi and sons could be investigated: ICC

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his sons and members of their inner circle could be held responsible for crimes by their security forces, the International Criminal Court prosecutor said on Thursday.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the Hague-based court, which hears cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, said a request for arrest warrants over Libya could be made in a few months time.

The United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Gaddafi and his family on Saturday, and referred Libya's crackdown on demonstrators to the court.

"We have identified some individuals in the de facto or former authority who have authority over the security forces who allegedly committed the crimes," Moreno-Ocampo said.

"They are Muammar Gaddafi, his inner circle including some of his sons, who had this de facto authority. There are also some people with formal authority who should pay attention to crimes committed by their people."

(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block; Editing by Sara Webb)