ICC investigating both sides in Libya war: report

International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is collecting evidence for possible new war crimes charges against Moammar Qaddafi supporters and opposition groups arising out of crimes committed during last year's civil war. According to an exclusive Associated Press interview, the ICC is specifically investigating crimes committed by rebel forces against Qaddafi loyalists and residents of Tawerga as well as further evidence against members of the former Qaddafi government. Tawerga was used to launch attacks on Libya's commercial capital, Misrata. The ICC is looking into allegations that rebel forces subjected civilians in Tawerga to killings, looting, torture and forced displacement. Bensouda also discussed Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, who is currently being held by a militia group until he will stand trial. She urged the group to allow Saif al-Islam access to a lawyer and, while she encouraged the group to allow the ICC to prosecute him, should Libya proceed with the national trial the ICC "will continue to monitor what Libya is doing."

The ICC, along with the international community as a whole, is closely monitoring the developments in the Libyan trial process. Earlier this week, Bensouda urged Libya not to grant amnesty for war criminals on either side of the fighting. Amnesty International last month called upon Libya to hand over former military intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi to the ICC. Earlier that month Libyan officials, in a hearing before the ICC, promised a fair trial for Qaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, and urged the court to allow a national trial.

From Jurist, Nov. 11. Used with permission.

New ICC Investigation on Libya

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda needs to investigate the reported illegal detentions and possible torture of Libyan citizens by DoS/CIA clandestine operatives in Benghazi that is apparently the predicate criminal acts for Libyan militias attacking the DoS's consulate and CIA's clandestine detention center in Benghazi. CIA armed forces operations in Libya were in violation of international law and US policy articulated by US President Barak Obama in his January 22, 2009 Executive Order 13491 banning CIA from conducting or aiding and abetting the conduct of detention and torture that had been allowed by agreement