ICC in 'informal contact' with Kadhafi son Seif: prosecutor

28th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Court is in "informal contact" with Seif al-Islam, the fugitive son of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, its prosecutor said on Friday.

"Through intermediaries, we have informal contact with Seif," Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement issued at the court's headquarters in The Hague.

"The Office of the Prosecutor has made it clear that if he surrenders to the ICC, he has the right to be heard in court, he is innocent until proven guilty," Moreno-Ocampo said. "The judges will decide."

Seif, 39, and Kadhafi's security chief and brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi, 62, are the most wanted fugitives from the slain despot's ousted circle.

They are wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity, committed after the start of the uprising against Kadhafi's regime in mid-February. The ICC issued arrest warrants against the three on June 27.

Seif was Tuesday poised to cross into Niger along with Senussi, his father's ex-intelligence chief, a Tuareg official said.

Senussi has passed from Niger into Mali, security sources from both countries said Thursday, with sources claiming he was under Tuareg protection.

It was not known whether Seif was travelling with his group.

© 2011 AFP

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