The main charges against Seif al-Islam

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The ICC accuses Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, arrested Saturday, of helping his father design and implement a brutal plan to put down Libya's revolt "by any means possible".

At a pre-trial hearing, International Criminal Court prosecutors described the late Kadhafi and Seif as "indirect co-perpetrators" in the regime's crimes.

The Kadhafi regime's security forces killed or wounded, hundreds of anti-regime demonstrators, arresting hundreds of others as they tried to quash the uprising, which began in mid-February.

The charges run at least until the end of February.

ICC judges on June 27 agreed to a request by prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo for arrest warrants against Kadhafi, Seif, 39, and Kadhafi's spymaster Adullah al-Senussi, 62, for crimes against humanity.

The crimes had been committed by Libyan troops, on their orders, using "lethal force".

Seif on February 20 declared "the army from now (on) will have a key role in imposing security and in returning things to normal at any price," judges said in a document authorising the warrants.

As Kadhafi's unspoken heir and the most influential person in his inner circle he "exercised control over crucial parts of the state apparatus, including finances and logistics" as de facto prime minister, they added.

Seif was directly involved in recruiting mercenaries, mobilising militia and troops and ordering the imprisonment and elimination of political dissidents, they said.

He also provided resources to Libyan forces, and had urged crowds to "scare demonstrators and mobilise Kadhafi's supporters."

The prosecutor's investigation focuses on the initial stages of the Libyan revolt until the end of February.

Moreno-Ocampo said an investigation into possible war crimes committed later was still ongoing.

Crimes against humanity charges include the murder and persecution of hundreds of demonstrators and the wounding of hundreds of others when Libyan troops opened fire on protestors to quell the uprising.

Soldiers had used machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons and snipers.

© 2011 AFP

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