Kadhafi escaping trial 'lesser of two evils': Tutu

3rd April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Allowing Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to escape trial could be "the lesser of two evils" if it means saving the lives of ordinary Libyans, South Africa's Desmond Tutu told the BBC on Sunday.

"You keep having to balance what is a lesser evil. It's quite clear in the best of worlds it would be a good thing for us to say you clobber him, capture him and let him stand for trial.

"But we know that doesn't usually happen in the world in which we inhabit," the former archbishop Tutu told BBC television.

He added that "the lesser of two evils" could be to let Kadhafi "have a soft landing and save the lives of as many people as you possibly can."

In Libya on Sunday, heavy fighting raged on the outskirts of the key oil town of Brega, with rebel forces advancing only to pull back in the face of what they said was an ambush by forces loyal to Kadhafi.

Tutu was a leading figure in the fight against South Africa's white-minority regime, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle against apartheid.

He has since led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in uncovering the horrors of apartheid-era abuses.

© 2011 AFP

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