ICC judges to decide on Gadhafi warrant

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Judges from the International Criminal Court in The Hague are set to announce a decision Monday on whether to issue an arrest warrant for Moammar Gadhafi. The Libyan leader, one of his sons and his intelligence chief face charges of crimes against humanity. 

Gadhafi and his regime are accused of firing on civilian demonstrators, shelling funerals and using snipers on unarmed individuals during the early days of rebel fighting in Libya. 

A decision by the ICC to arrest the trio would be risky, Professor of International Criminal Law Geert-Jan Knoops told Dutch news radio, BNR. According to him, there has not been enough time to accurately prepare the indictment. 

If the court goes ahead with the move, Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and Abdullah al-Sanoussi will become internationally wanted suspects. However, the ICC has no police force of its own to carry out the arrests.

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