ICC prosecutor asks Interpol to help seek Kadhafi's arrest

8th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

War crimes court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has asked Interpol to help with the arrest of fugitive former Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi for crimes against humanity, his office said Thursday.

The prosecutor is also requesting so-called red notices for the arrest of one of Kadhafi's sons Seif al-Islam and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, it said in a press release issued in The Hague.

"The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is requesting Interpol to issue a red notice to arrest Moamer Kadhafi for the alleged crimes against humanity of murder and persecution," it said.

An Interpol red notice seeks the arrest for an extradition or surrender of a person to an international court based on an arrest warrant.

"Arresting Kadhafi is just a matter of time," Moreno-Ocampo said Thursday.

ICC judges on June 27 agreed to Moreno-Ocampo's request for arrest warrants against Kadhafi, 69, Seif al-Islam, 39 and Senussi, 62, for crimes against humanity committed by Libyan troops on their orders, using "lethal force" to quell the uprising against his regime.

Kadhafi, who has been ruling Libya with an iron fist since 1969, "had absolute, ultimate and unquestioned control over the Libyan state apparatus of power, including the security forces," the ICC said in a court document.

His son Seif al-Islam "the most influential person within his inner circle" is his de facto prime minister, the court added.

Senussi as the national head of military intelligence, "exercised control over the armed forces under his command that were deployed in the city of Benghazi in order to suppress civilian demonstrations," from February 15 to 20 this year.

Part of his plan to quell the February popular demonstrations by all means involved Libyan soldiers killing civilians as they were leaving mosques and at funerals.

Moreno-Ocampo said the revolt in Libya has claimed thousands of lives.

© 2011 AFP

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