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ICC issues warrants for Gaddafi and son

The Hague-based court also issued a warrant for the arrest of Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi.

A Libyan woman holds a pre-Gaddafi flag during an anti-Gaddafi protest in Benghazi in April 2011.
A Libyan woman holds a pre-Gaddafi flag during an anti-Gaddafi protest in Benghazi in April 2011.
Image: AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

THE INTERNATIONAL Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son and his intelligence chief for crimes against humanity in the early days of their struggle to cling to power.

Judges announced today that Gaddafi is wanted for orchestrating the killing, injuring, arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of civilians during the first 12 days of an uprising to topple him from power after more than four decades, and for trying to cover up the alleged crimes.

The warrants turn Gaddafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi into internationally wanted suspects, potentially complicating any efforts to mediate an end to more than four months of intense fighting in the North African nation.

- AP

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