ICC prosecutor 'almost ready' for Libya abuse trial

15th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The ICC chief prosecutor said Sunday he was 'almost ready' for a Libyan rights abuse trial, as he prepared to apply for arrest warrants with Moamer Kadhafi believed likely to head his list.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo is expected to ask International Criminal Court (ICC) judges in The Hague to issue three arrest warrants on Monday, when the names of the accused could be revealed.

Diplomats have said veteran Libyan leader Kadhafi would likely head the list.

"We are almost ready for trial," Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement. "The Office collected good and solid evidence to identify (those) who bear the greatest responsibility," he said.

The allegations are linked to a crackdown on pro-reform protests that started mid-February and has left hundreds dead.

The warrants would not be based on "political responsibilities, but rather individual criminal responsibility for crimes committed in Libya," Moreno-Ocampo said.

The speed at which the investigation was concluded, since its launch was announced on March 3, was due to consensus by countries in the UN Security Council, he said.

During a May 4 briefing "all the members of the Council expressed the importance of justice for this case," including France and Britain who spearheaded the effort.

"Remarkably, India, Russia, China, Lebanon and the US, who are non-States Parties, reiterated this support," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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