Hague to Issue Warrant for Gadhafi's Arrest

ICC charges leader with killing unarmed demonstrators
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2011 6:52 AM CDT
International Criminal Court at the Hague to Issue Warrant for Moammar Gadhafi's Arrest
In this image made from Libyan TV, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi holds a meeting with tribal leaders from eastern Libya, in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, May 11, 2011.   (AP Photo / Libyan TV via APTN)

(Newser) – With thousands of lives reportedly lost in the Libyan conflict, the International Criminal Court in The Hague will call today for Moammar Gadhafi’s arrest. The ICC is set to issue warrants against Gadhafi, son Seif al-Islam, and spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi over the killing of unarmed demonstrators and the displacement of Libyans, the Independent reports. “During the last week, the Office of the Prosecutor received several calls from high-level officials in Gadhafi's regime willing to provide information,” said prosecutors in a statement yesterday.

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Reuters reports that today, an ICC prosecutor added that "the office gathered direct evidence about orders issued by Moammar Gadhafi himself, direct evidence of Seif al-Islam organizing the recruitment of mercenaries, and direct evidence of the participation of al-Senussi in the attacks against demonstrators." Investigators have traveled to 11 countries and interviewed some 50 witnesses, among them “key insiders.” But analysts say the ICC move won’t likely have much effect on the continuing conflict as it approaches a stalemate. Meanwhile, Gadhafi himself remains elusive. (Read more Moammar Gadhafi stories.)

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