Libya says ICC agrees to home trial of Saif al-Islam

Libya said on Monday the International Criminal Court has accepted that Saif al-Islam, slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son, will be tried by Libyans, a claim which was quickly denied by the tribunal.

“The ICC has accepted that Saif al-Islam will be tried in Libya by the Libyan judiciary,” Libya’s Justice Minister Ali H’mida Ashur said.

“The trial will take place in Libya. The Libyan justice is competent and we gave the file [on Saif] to the ICC on Friday,” Ashur added.

The Hague-based ICC, however, denied Ashur’s claims.

“The ICC has made no decision on this matter,” court spokesperson Fadi el-Abdallah said.

Saif, who was arrested on November 19, is in the custody of the military council of Zintan, a town 180km, south-west of Tripoli.

He is also wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the conflict in Libya.

Libya was given until January 23 by the ICC to mull the possible handing over of Saif al-Islam.

Last month ICC judges had called on Libya’s new leaders to inform them as a matter of urgency if and when they intend to hand over Saif and set a January 10 deadline for a response.

But later in a letter, Libya asked for an extension, citing the security situation in the country even as it expressed its intentions to prosecute Saif on Libyan soil.

The New-York based Human Rights Watch, in its World Report 2012, has raised concerns over Libya’s judicial system.

“Libya’s interim government and its international supporters should make it an urgent priority to build a functioning justice system and begin legal reform that protects human rights after Muammar Gaddafi,” the group said in the report.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch said in the report that “independent courts and the rule of law will help ensure stability in a country emerging from four decades of dictatorship and eight months of war”. — AFP

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.


‘Tenderpreneurs’ block the delivery of protective equipment to schools

Protests by local suppliers have delayed PPE delivery, which according to the DBE, is one of the reasons the reopening of schools has been pushed back until June 8

‘Soon he’ll be seen as threatening, not cute’: What it’s...

There is no separating George Floyd’s killing from the struggles black people have faced ever since the first slave ships landed on these shores

How schools could work during Covid

Ahead of their opening, the basic education department has given schools three models to consider to ensure physical distancing

Press Releases

Mining company uses rich seam of technology to gear up for Covid-19

Itec Direct technology provides instant temperature screening of staff returniing to the workplace with no human contact

Covid-19 and Back to School Webinar

If our educators can take care of themselves, they can take care of the children they teach

5G technology is the future

Besides a healthcare problem Covid-19 is also a data issue and 5G technology, with its lightning speed, can help to curb its spread

JTI off to court for tobacco ban: Government not listening to industry or consumers

The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk — including the livelihood of emerging farmers

Holistic Financial Planning for Professionals Webinar

Our lives are constantly in flux, so it makes sense that your financial planning must be reviewed frequently — preferably on an annual basis

Undeterred by Covid-19 pandemic, China and Africa hold hands, building a community of a shared future for mankind

It is clear that building a community with a shared future for all mankind has become a more pressing task than ever before

Wills, Estate Administration and Succession Planning Webinar

Capital Legacy has had no slowdown in lockdown regarding turnaround with clients, in storing or retrieving wills and in answering their questions

Call for Expression of Interest: Training supply and needs assessment to support the energy transition in South Africa

GIZ invites eligible and professional companies with local presence in South Africa to participate in this tender to support the energy transition

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday