ICC formally drops Kadhafi case
The International Criminal Court on Tuesday announced it was dropping the case against murdered Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi for crimes against humanity after receiving his death certificate.
"The pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court decided to terminate the case against Moamer Mohammed Abu Minyar Kadhafi," the court said in a statement, adding that ICC prosecutors had asked judges to withdraw the arrest warrant against him.
The court said it received a confidential transmission of Kadhafi's death certificate on November 10.
Judges issued arrest warrants against Kadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and his security chief Abdullah al-Senussi on June 27 for crimes against humanity, committed in trying to put down Libya's bloody revolt, sparked in mid-February.
The late Libyan strongman met an undignified end on October 20 when he was felled by a bullet to the head. The conflict in Libya ended three days later when the interim National Transitional Council announced the north African country's "total liberation".
Libya said Tuesday during a visit by the ICC's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo that it would not hand over Seif.
© 2011 AFP