The Address | Benghazi – Libya
NEW YORK – International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has called on the UN Security Council to act to arrest Saif al-Islam, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and hand him over to ICC.
That was at a meeting of the UN Security Council held on Friday at the United Nations permanent headquarters in New York.
“The arrest and extradition of suspects in the ICC remains one of the most challenging cases for the entire ICC and there can be no justice for the victims unless the suspects are arrested and brought to trial,” Bensouda said in her testimony.
“Saif al-Gaddafi has been free for two years and has not shown any intention of handing himself over to the court or to the competent authorities in Libya, so he must be arrested and handed over to ICC,” she added.
“On June 5, al-Gaddafi challenged his admissibility to the Criminal Court, and also argues that as a result of domestic proceedings against him in Libya, he can not be tried before our court, ” Bensouda noted.
The challenge of admissibility is currently a judicial order and that the Pre-Trial Chamber will issue a decision in due course,” the Prosecutor explained.
Saif al-Islam, 45, is the son of Muammar Gaddafi, who was overthrown by an uprising in 2011 and is said to had been preparing his son for power.
In June 2017, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq battalion in Zintan announced the release of Saif al-Islam under a general amnesty law issued by the House of Representatives in Tobruk.
The ICC is demanding the extradition of Saif al-Islam on charges of war crimes during the uprising against his father’s regime.
However, his defense team says that “the International Tribunal is not binding on us in Libya, we did not sign the statute, and it not part of the pillars of the United Nations.”
The International Criminal Court has issued several arrest warrants for Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, without executing them.