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ICC prosecutor calls for UN member states to pressure for arrest of Libya war criminals

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called on the need for governments to act on arrest warrants for Libyan’s accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Speaking at the United Nations Security Council in New York, Bensouda said the ICC has issued multiple warrants for Sail Al-Islam Gaddafi, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled and Mahmoud Mustafa Al-Werfalli for crimes ranging from unlawful imprisonment, torture and mass murder.

The prosecutor added that “the execution of these arrest warrants depends on the cooperation of Sates”, meaning the continued freedom of the men “sends a message to victims that alleged perpetrators can evade justice and continue to commit crimes with impunity.”

Bensouda called on the international community to help pressuring Libya into arresting the perpetrators of such heinous crimes, reports the Jurist.