ICC probe targets Kadhafi, three sons, five aides

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Moamer Kadhafi, three of his sons and his top diplomat are among eight people targeted by the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, who has launched a probe of crimes against humanity in Libya.

Several of those on Luis Moreno-Ocampo's list also feature on a UN list of 16 top figures of the regime who have now been slapped with sanctions.

Besides Kadhafi, the other seven listed for investigation by the prosecutor on Thursday, are:

-- Seif al-Islam, the second of Kadhafi's eight children, the eldest son of his second wife whose name means sword in Islam.

The 38-year-old was often named as his father's possible successor, and has appeared on public television several times since the protests erupted on February 15.

He shot to prominence as a mediator over the 2007 release of Bulgarian nurses who were jailed as scapegoats for a hospital AIDS outbreak.

He also negotiated compensation agreements for the families of those who were killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and of UTA Flight 772 in 1989.

-- A second son, Khamis, is commander of Libya's 32nd Brigade.

-- A third son, Mutassim, is head of the National Security Council. He is a career soldier and doctor. Suspected of attempting a coup, he was exiled to Egypt but was later pardoned and returned home.

He is Seif's main rival in the Libyan succession.

-- Libya's top diplomat, 61-year-old Mussa Kussa, carries the official title of secretary-general of the People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation. He is a former intelligence chief.

-- A former prime minister, Abu Zeyd Omar Dorda, born in 1944. He is the director-general of the Libyan External Security Organisation, and has represented his country at the United Nations and in Canada.

-- Finally, Moreno-Ocampo listed the chief of Kadhafi's security forces and military intelligence, Mansur Daw al-Kohssi, and the head of his personal security, Abdelkader Yussef Dibri, born in 1944.

© 2011 AFP

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