Gaddafi cannot be tried in The Hague court

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The Palestinian-Bulgarian doctor Ashraf el Hagoug Gomma, who spent eight years in a Libyan jail on trumped-up charges, cannot sue Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for damages in a court in The Hague.

According to Dutch Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten, the Libyan leader is an incumbent head of state and therefore immune from persecution.

The doctor wants to sue Muammar Gaddafi and 12 officials of his regime for compensation for the suffering they inflicted upon him. His lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld says she will press ahead with the lawsuits against the twelve Libyan officials. She hopes to file a lawsuit against Gaddafi after his downfall.

El Hagoug Gomma, whose parents live in the Dutch town of Woerden, was released after a diplomatic offensive by the European Union and France. The doctor and five Bulgarian nurses were sentenced to death in 2004 on charges of intentionally infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus.


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