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ICC deadline looms for news on Saif Gaddafi

Today marks the deadline for Libya’s government to provide information to the International Criminal Court on the health and status of Mummar Gaddfi’s son – if it fails to do so it may be referred to the UN Security Council.

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT says that the new Libyan government has so far failed to provide information on the health and status of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the captured son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The ICC, which has indicted Saif Gaddafi for crimes against humanity, gave Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) a deadline to share the information on the prisoner – however that time elapses today. The court earlier issued a further request for information but if it receives no response it may refer Libya to the UN Security Council, reports the BBC.

The ICC says it accepts the wishes of Libyan leaders to try Saif Gaddafi in the country, but seeks assurances that he will receive a fair trial.

The failure of the NCT to either charge or provide access to a lawyer to Saif Gaddafi, who has been held in a makeshift prison cell since being arrested by militias in November, has prompted criticisms from human rights groups.

The Guardian reports that more than 7,000 prisoners of war remain in prisons across Libya without access to legal representation or fair trial.

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Read: London School of Economics accepted £1.5m gift from Gaddafi foundation>

Read: International Criminal Court dealing ‘indirectly’ with Gaddafi’s son>

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