UN rights chief warns against Kadhafi assasination

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The UN human rights chief warned Friday against bounty hunters who may be seeking to kill Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, saying that all assasinations are "not within the rule of law."

"The rule of law is essential. That applies to Kadhafi as well as everybody else," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a response to a question on the $1.67 million reward put on Khadafi's head, dead or alive.

"Clearly, rule of law would apply to summary executions. Summary execution is not permissible in peace time or in war time," he stressed.

Libyan rebels on Wednesday put a price of two million dinars ($1.67 million, 1.2 million euros) on the head of strongman Moamer Kadhafi, dead or alive.

Rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil, in Tripoli, also offered an amnesty to "members of (Kadhafi's) close circle who kill him or capture him."

Colville said that the "best solution" would be to capture Kadhafi alive and follow through with the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court.

In addition, he called on "all people in positions of authority, including field commanders in Libya, to take action to ensure that no crimes or acts of revenge are committed."

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