ICC probe targets Kadhafi, three sons, five aides
Moamer Kadhafi, three of his sons and his top diplomat are among eight people targeted by the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, who has launched a probe of crimes against humanity in Libya.
Several of those on Luis Moreno-Ocampo's list also feature on a UN list of 16 top figures of the regime who have now been slapped with sanctions.
Besides Kadhafi, the other seven listed for investigation by the prosecutor on Thursday, are:
-- Seif al-Islam, the second of Kadhafi's eight children, the eldest son of his second wife whose name means sword in Islam.
The 38-year-old was often named as his father's possible successor, and has appeared on public television several times since the protests erupted on February 15.
He shot to prominence as a mediator over the 2007 release of Bulgarian nurses who were jailed as scapegoats for a hospital AIDS outbreak.
He also negotiated compensation agreements for the families of those who were killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and of UTA Flight 772 in 1989.
-- A second son, Khamis, is commander of Libya's 32nd Brigade.
-- A third son, Mutassim, is head of the National Security Council. He is a career soldier and doctor. Suspected of attempting a coup, he was exiled to Egypt but was later pardoned and returned home.
He is Seif's main rival in the Libyan succession.
-- Libya's top diplomat, 61-year-old Mussa Kussa, carries the official title of secretary-general of the People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation. He is a former intelligence chief.
-- A former prime minister, Abu Zeyd Omar Dorda, born in 1944. He is the director-general of the Libyan External Security Organisation, and has represented his country at the United Nations and in Canada.
-- Finally, Moreno-Ocampo listed the chief of Kadhafi's security forces and military intelligence, Mansur Daw al-Kohssi, and the head of his personal security, Abdelkader Yussef Dibri, born in 1944.
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