States must carry out Kadhafi arrest warrant: official

27th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Nations that adhere to the International Criminal Court's founding Rome Statute must act on a new arrest warrant against Libya's Moamer Kadhafi, the president of the treaty's Assembly of State Parties said Monday.

"It is the unequivocal duty of all State Parties as well as of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to execute these warrants of arrest," said Christian Wenaweser, head of the assembly that oversees the international war crimes court.

Judges on Monday issued three arrest warrants for the Libyan strongman, his son Seif al-Islam, Kadhafi's "de facto" prime minister, and head of Libyan intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi. The warrants were requested by the court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on May 16.

"The court cannot complete its mandate without the full support and co-operation from states," Wenaweser told journalists at a press conference.

In existence since 2002, the ICC does not have a police force to carry out arrests and is dependent on states' goodwill to carry out its arrest warrants.

Wenaweser welcomed the judges' decision saying the court worked "quickly and efficiently" delivering its decision less than three-and-a-half months since the situation was referred by the UN Security Council.

The ICC's jurisdiction comes from a 26 February referral by the Security Council, but Libyan authorities then said they were "not concerned" by the court's investigation because Libya was not a state party to the Rome Statute.

© 2011 AFP

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