Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam has suggested that he should be tried before the International Criminal Court of Justice if at all he is to be dully served justice. Quoted in a defense document that was submitted to the court was his international lawyer Melinda Taylor who said, “The only way for Libya and the Libyan people to have justice is for the ICC to try this case in a fair, impartial and independent manner.”
More interesting is the fact that the Hague-based ICC issued warrants of arrests against both Saif and his late father’s spymaster, Abdullah Senussi. They’re both wanted for crimes against humanity which were committed last year while attempting to put down the uprising revolt.
Since November last year, Saif has been held in custody in the Southern Libya town of Zintan. He was captured in the wake of the uprising that toppled Gaddafi after more than a 40 year dictatorial regime in power.
In the document, Saif was quoted saying, “I would have liked to have been tried in Libya by Libyan judges under Libyan law in front of the Libyan people. There will also be no truth if witnesses are faced with possible life sentences for simply testifying in my favour. I am not afraid to die but if you execute me after such a trial you should just call it murder.”
The Libyan government and the ICC are now locked up between plausible options in deciding where to try the suspect. Saif’s lawyers who were reported to have been held up for about four weeks by Libyan officials were freed earlier this month. The reason behind their arrest was due to the fact that they had gone to pay Seif a visit on behalf of the Court. Speaking after the release, Taylor was quoted saying that it would be very difficult to have Seif tried in an independent and impartial manner in the Libyan Courts.
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