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ICC wants Hague judges involved in trial of Gaddafi’s son

Meanwhile, two Irish-based Libyan have reportedly been included in the new post-Muammar Gaddafi cabinet.

Video still of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, left, after his capture.
Video still of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, left, after his capture.
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TWO IRISH-BASED Libyans have been included in the new 24-person Libyan government announced today by the National Transitional Council.

According to Irish Times correspondent Mary Fitzgerald, Dr Fathi al-Akkari of Tallaght IT and Dr Fatima Hamroush have been named in the cabinet.

The interim government announced today is to act as a transitional government until parliamentary elections are held by the end of June next year.

Speaking at a news conference in Tripoli today, Libyan prime minister Abdurrahim el-Keib said that his first priority was to ensure “a dignified life to our Libyan people” in the wake of its troubles. His second priority, he said, “is security”.

Trying Gaddafi

International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo today said that although Libya has the authority to try Muammar Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam, he wants to ensure Gaddafi receives a fair trial. He said the court wants to engage with Libyan authorities on how to inform ICC judges about the prosecution of a case against Gaddafi but that “our judges have to be involved”.

Gaddafi, who was captured on Saturday, is wanted by the ICC to face charges of crimes against humanity perpetrated during the revolution that led to his father’s removal from power and his death a month ago.

The court also wants Muammar Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief on similar charges. Abdullah al-Senoussi has reportedly been captured in southern Libya.

In accordance with a UN Security Council resolution, Libya must work with the ICC but it is entitled to try the prisoners in Libya if it can convince The Hague that it has a functioning legal system that will ensure a fair trial for the accused.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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