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Libya to Appeal Ruling to Hand Over Seif Gaddafi to ICC
03/06/2013 13:27:00
Libya is to appeal a ruling by the International Criminal Court, ICC, to hand over the son of the former Libyan dictator, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, to the tribunal in The Hague, Salah al-Marghani, the Libyan justice minister has said.

“We will give what is needed to convince the ICC that Libya is capable of conducting a fair trial in accordance with international standards,” Mr Marghani has been quoted telling Libya's news news agency, LANA, on Sunday, after the ICC judges on Friday rejected Libya's position re Seif who is held in custody in the country.

Libya has challenged the ICC's right to put Seif al-Islam on trial on the grounds that since it is planning its own proceedings, the international court in The Hague had no jurisdiction because it should intervene only if the local legal system is not up to the task.

Al-Marghani said Libya would present an appeal to the ICC's decision and that a team of Libyan and international experts is working on preparing this appeal.

The ICC wants to try Seif for alleged crimes against humanity committed during the 2011 conflict that eventually topped his father from power after more than four decades of dictatorial rule. It has rejected Libya's position, saying that the Libyan government lawyers had not proved their authorities were investigating the same crimes as the international prosecutors.

The ICC also questions whether the authorities in Libya had full custody over Seif who is being held in custody in Zintan by the former rebel who captured him before he could escape the country towards the end of the uprising.

Libya is accusing Seif of orchestrating brutal reprisals against protesters who had fought to oust his father from power in a Revolution that started from Benghazi on February 17, 2011 and ended with his father being slain and the death of some 50,000 Libyan citizens.

Libya wants show that those who helped Gaddafi and his regime to rule over the country for 42 years are being punished.

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