Germany probes alleged Kadhafi abuses

22nd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany said Wednesday it was probing alleged abuses committed by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi with a view to passing evidence on to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"The investigation... currently just has the aim of amassing possible proof, here in Germany, for the International Criminal Court in the Hague," said Stefan Schmidt, spokesman for the federal prosecutors' office.

He added that it was "unlikely" that Germany would issue an arrest warrant against the Libyan leader itself. Prosecutors are already investigating "several" alleged incidents, he said.

Under UN Resolution 1970, passed on February 26 by the United Nations Security Council, ICC prosecutors opened an investigation on March 3 into possible crimes against humanity committed by Kadhafi's forces.

Germany, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, abstained in a UN vote in March authorising military action to protect civilians in Libya and declined to join the NATO-led air campaign there.

© 2011 AFP

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