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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 21/11/2011

Gaddafi's son belongs in The Hague

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of long-time Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, was arrested in southern Libya on Saturday. The Transitional Council wants to try him in Libya although an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity has also been issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Saif al-Islam Gaddafi should be tried in The Hague, writes the left-liberal daily The Guardian: "The ICC prosecutor is in Libya this week to discuss the way forward. He will face a government that is still in flux, and under considerable local pressure to see justice is done in Libya. The bloody killing of Muammar Gaddafi, however, raises serious questions about whether that is possible. ... The ICC intervention helped transform the outcome in Libya by contributing to the delegitimisation of the Gaddafi regime. Military action followed and was decisive. But the ICC's role made the crimes an international matter, and in staying the hand of vengeance the Hague judges will have to be involved."

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