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Qaddafi arrest warrants gain Swiss support

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15:57 CEST+02:00


Switzerland is backing an initiative by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest the Libyan leader on charges of crimes against humanity, according to media reports.



ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Monday requested that the court’s judges issue arrest warrants against Muammar Qaddafi, his son Saif Al Islam Gaddafi and the Head of the Intelligence Abdullah Al Sanousi.

“The evidence shows that civilians were attacked in their homes; demonstrations were repressed using live ammunition, heavy artillery was used against participants in funeral processions, and snipers placed to kill those leaving the mosques after prayers,” the ICC said in a statement.

The ICC judges must now rule on the request.
 According to Swiss reports, the country’s support to the ICC initiative is not linked to efforts by Swiss authorities to prosecute the Libyan government over the 2009 kidnapping of two Swiss businessmen, Corriere del Ticino newspaper said.


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