Gadhafi's Death May Have Been a War Crime

Head of International Criminal Court calls killing suspicious
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2011 7:45 AM CST
The International Criminal Court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo speaks to reporters after a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany)
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(Newser) – Moammar Gadhafi's death may amount to a war crime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said yesterday, adding that he's sent a letter to Libya's National Transitional Council urging it to investigate. "I think the way in which Mr. Gadhafi was killed creates suspicions," said Luis Moreno-Ocampo, according to Al Jazeera. "I think that's a very important issue."

The comments came after Gadhafi's daughter Aisha called on the ICC to investigate her father's killing. But Moreno-Ocampo said the ICC would step in only if Libyan authorities failed to. The NTC has promised to look into the matter, bowing to pressure from its Western allies. Rebels have claimed Gadhafi was killed in a crossfire, but video has surfaced of him and one of his sons being beaten, mocked, and sodomized before their deaths.

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