ICC formally drops Kadhafi case

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The International Criminal Court on Tuesday announced it was dropping the case against murdered Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi for crimes against humanity after receiving his death certificate.

"The pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court decided to terminate the case against Moamer Mohammed Abu Minyar Kadhafi," the court said in a statement, adding that ICC prosecutors had asked judges to withdraw the arrest warrant against him.

The court said it received a confidential transmission of Kadhafi's death certificate on November 10.

Judges issued arrest warrants against Kadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and his security chief Abdullah al-Senussi on June 27 for crimes against humanity, committed in trying to put down Libya's bloody revolt, sparked in mid-February.

The late Libyan strongman met an undignified end on October 20 when he was felled by a bullet to the head. The conflict in Libya ended three days later when the interim National Transitional Council announced the north African country's "total liberation".

Libya said Tuesday during a visit by the ICC's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo that it would not hand over Seif.

© 2011 AFP

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