November 20, 2011 by staff
World powers are urging Libya to work with the International Criminal Court, which wants to try the 39-year-old for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in crushing anti-regime protests.
After three months on the run, Seif al-Islam was caught in Libya’s far-flung Saharan south early yesterday in a trap set by a Zintan brigade of militiamen loyal to the new regime.
The National Transitional Council, struggling to establish its judiciary, is under mounting pressure to ensure a fair trial for him after images emerged of his father dying following his capture on 20 October.
“At the moment, he is being held in Zintan. We are going to guarantee the treatment of prisoners under international law,” said Osama Juili, head of the Zintan military council.
Britain, France and the US all called on Libya’s new rulers to cooperate fully with the ICC.
And Russia’s special representative for Africa, Mikhail Margelov, clearly articulated the concerns of the international community.
“We are happy that this time the new authorities in Libya did not resort to summary justice for Seif al-Islam, the son of the ousted leader Gaddafi,” he said after Seif was flown to Zintan following his capture.
Juili said the decision whether to keep Seif al-Islam in detention in the hill town of Zintan or to transfer him to another place would be taken by the new government, although he did not elaborate.
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