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Gaddafi’s death ‘a war crime’: ICC searching for scapegoats

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2011

A National Transitional Countil (NTC) fighter points a gun at Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte in this still image taken from video shot on October 20, 2011 and released on October 22, 2011 (Reuters / Reuters TV)

Some two months after the torturous death of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, the ICC finally “suspects” it was a war crime. A group of enthusiastic freedom fighters may end up convicted, but not those who made the killing possible, and actually benefited.

The international court’s chief prosecutor says there were strong indications Muammar Gaddafi was killed in custody. The ICC says the great number of witness accounts and video taken at the moment when he was captured by rebel fighters show that he was beaten and abused by his captors.

“The death of Muammar Gaddafi is one of the issues to be clarified – what happened – because there are serious suspicions that it was a war crime,” Luis Moreno Ocampo said on Thursday.

Moreno Ocampo said he asked Libya’s interim rulers what their plans were to investigate alleged war crimes by all parties, including the rebels.

But how many parties were really involved there, besides the rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces, and will the stake of the Western powers in setting off Libyan revolution be investigated? Many believe that NATO deliberately gave a blind eye to the violations of international law, and thus also bears some responsibility.

Political analyst Adrian Salbuchi believes that Gaddafi’s killing was the main goal of the Western coalition from the very beginning. He said that the US, France, Britain and NATO should be held accountable for the massacre and posited that the West “supported the worst terrorists” in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saif Al-Islam Captured In Southern Town Of Obari Close To Niger

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 19, 2011

Saif al-Islam, Colonel Gaddafi’s son and the heir apparent, has been captured, according to officials from the National Transitional council (NTC).

Gaddafi was reportedly arrested in the town of Obari, near Sabah in the south of Libya by militia forces. Reports suggest that Saif and his colleagues were ambushed.

According to Reuters, the European Union has urged Libyan authorities to make sure Gaddafi stands trial at the international criminal Court (ICC).

The 39-year-old captive is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity; however the NTC has yet to confirm whether Gaddafi will be handed over to international authorities or made to stand trial in Libya.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, a prosecutor for the ICC said: “The good news is that Saif al-Islam is arrested, he is alive, and now he will face justice.”

Marek Marczynski of Amnesty International also urged the NTC to transfer Gaddafi to the court in the Netherlands:

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Gaddafi’s Killer Will Be Prosecuted When Caught, Libya’s Interim Government Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 30, 2011

He is hiding or hided?

The person responsible for the death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi will be prosecuted, Libya’s interim government has said.

Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, deputy chief of the National Transitional Council (NTC), said that anyone proven to have shot and killed Gaddafi would be brought to justice.

“With regards to Gaddafi, we do not wait for anybody to tell us,” he told the al-Arabiya satellite channel.

He added: “We had already launched an investigation. We have issued a code of ethics in handling of prisoners of war. I am sure that was an individual act and not an act of revolutionaries or the national army. Whoever is responsible for that will be judged and given a fair trial.”

Previously the NTC has insisted that Gaddafi was shot accidentally in ‘crossfire’ after his arrest.

But footage released after the former leader’s death, which showed him wounded and being violently assaulted by his captors, lead to international criticism and calls for an investigation.

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Libya’s Revolution Produces a New Hybrid: Pro-Western Islamists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2011


The Libyan rebels chuckle when they find a child-sized T-shirt featuring a cartoon of Osama bin Laden amid the

Former rebel fighters pray at a checkpoint near Bani-Walid, Libya, September 12, 2011 Alexandre Meneghini / AP

surveillance files, tapes and photos in one of the buildings abandoned by Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s internal security forces. Sporting thick, bushy beards in a fresh show of religiosity they say never would have been tolerated under the old regime, they have mixed feelings about the man on the T-shirt. “Fighting in the name of Islam is something that all Muslims respect,” says Mukhtar Enhaysi, carefully. “But when [Bin Laden] makes explosions and commits acts of terrorism against civilians who have nothing to do with that, no one agrees with that.”

Enhaysi’s nuanced view is commonplace in a country whose citizens are suddenly free to express themselves, although the subtle Islamist current in the rebellion has worried some of its Western backers. Rebel forces in Tripoli are commanded by a former associate of Bin Laden, who the CIA had sent to Libya for questioning and torture by Gaddafi’s regime. And the leader of the rebel Transitional National Council has called for a constitution guided by Islamic values, reflecting popular sentiment in a country whose people describe themselves as conservative, and who have endured 42 years of enforced — albeit, many say, superficial — secularism under Gaddafi, even as he tried to style himself as the nemesis of the West.(See pictures of the lengthy battle for Libya.)

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a cheering crowd in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square this week that, “We seek a state of law, prosperity and one where Sharia [Islamic law] is the main source for legislation, and this requires many things and conditions,” adding that “extremist ideology” would not be tolerated.

Indeed, for a citizenry that views itself as inherently more conservative than its Egyptian and Tunisian neighbors, it shouldn’t be surprising that Libya’s interim leaders are already emphasizing the Islamic character of their future government. But many say that Gaddafi’s legacy — and NATO’s recent intervention — has also paved the way for a different kind of Islamist than the type that Washington has long feared. “The fact that Gaddafi used [the West] as a common enemy, well, the saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ holds very true here,” says one official in the National Transitional Council (NTC), speaking on condition of anonymity. “If you compound that with the fact that the Westerners were instrumental in their support [of the rebels] and in the demise of Gaddafi, you see that people are really quite friendly.”(See a brief history of Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Libya To Be ‘Moderate Islamic State’, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil Tells Martyrs’ Square

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 13, 2011

All the best to the transition­al government­, however; would like to suggest to be liberal rather than hard liner. otherwise the country will be in trouble for ever.
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Nato Strikes Continue After Libya Summit, As Cameron Defends UK Role

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2011

Everybody wants to support themselves and not others. This is the main source of problem.
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Libyan Interim Council Issues Ultimatum To Gaddafi Loyalists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2011

Rebels are close to Gaddafi’s compound more than a week and still giving ultimatum? Something wrong?
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British Jets Attack Gaddafi’s Bunker In Hometown Of Sirte

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 26, 2011

If British jets know whereabout­s Gaddafi, then why to announce 2 millions dollars?
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A Field Guide to Libya’s New Interim Government

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 26, 2011

The struggle between two opposite thinking will not stop soon I reckon.
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Some latest Clips from Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

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Free And Defiant Saif al-Islam Still At Large In Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

Everywhere this kind of controvers­ial news make people sick.
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Gaddafi’s Regime ‘Coming To An End’ As Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 22, 2011

This time the news might not take U-turn
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