Russia relieved Seif al-Islam escaped 'summary justice'

19th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia's pointman on Africa said Saturday that Moscow was relieved that murdered Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam had been arrested and had escaped "summary justice".

"We are happy that this time the new authorities in Libya did not resort to summary justice for Seif al-Islam, the son of the ousted leader Kadhafi," the Russian presidency's special representative for Africa Mikhail Margelov said.

Kadhafi's capture and killing on October 20 was criticised by the international community which said he should have been kept alive to answer to his crimes.

Seif, 39, is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity.

"The accusations facing Seif al-Islam of crimes against humanity are very serious and proper judicial procedures are necessary," said Margelov, who did not specify whether Seif should be tried by international justice.

The ICC said on Saturday that Libya's authorities had an "obligation" to hand over Seif.

© 2011 AFP

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