International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo sought arrest warrants on Monday for three members of the Libyan regime for their violence against civilians, multiple news outlets are reporting. Reuters reported that the warrants will be issued for Libyan leader Muammer el-Qaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, and the country’s espionage chief, Abdullah al-Senussi.
"The office gathered direct evidence about orders issued by Muammar Qaddafi himself, direct evidence of Saif al-Islam organizing the recruitment of mercenaries and direct evidence of the participation of al-Senussi in the attacks against demonstrators," Moreno-Ocampo reportedly said at the ICC.
According to CBS News, the warrants seek Qaddafi’s arrest for committing two crimes against humanity, murder and persecution, under articles 7(1)(a) and 7(1)(h), respectively, of the Rome Statute.
A panel of three judges will decide whether the case is strong enough for the body to hand down an arrest warrant. According to the Associated Press, Moreno-Ocampo will provide a 74-page collection of evidence with nine annexes documenting the murder and persecution of Libyans. The evidence is a collection of 30 missions to 11 countries and interviews with more than 50 witnesses.
The AP reported that prosecutors said several high-level officials in the regime have offered to provide information to the court. Since the international community began taking action against Qaddafi, several officials and diplomats have distanced themselves from the leader or defected outright.
Because the investigation of the regime was conducted at the behest of the U.N. Security Council, all U.N. member states would be required to arrest Qaddafi if he attempted to seek exile in their countries. But some nations have refused to act on other arrest warrants, like the one issued against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
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