ICC Chief Prosecutor in Libya Over Saif al-Islam Trial Dispute

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor arrived today in Libya amid a dispute between the North African nation and the Hague-based court about who should try deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam.

ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo was to meet with Libyan officials, including National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdel Jalil and Justice Minister Ali Ashore, state television and the Libya News Agency reported. The ICC prosecutor was to discuss the trial with Libyan officials, the agency reported.

Libya has rejected calls by the international court to try Saif al-Islam, who was widely seen as Qaddafi’s heir-apparent, in the Hague. Instead, Libyan authorities want him tried inside the country.

Moreno-Ocampo will also discuss with Libyan authorities reports about torture and other alleged abuses in detention facilities run by the militias that played a key role in the civil war that ended Qaddafi’s more than 40-year hold on the oil rich nation.

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