ICC rejects Libya's plea to cancel Gaddafi war crimes case

ICC rejects Libya's plea to cancel Gaddafi war crimes case

Judges at the International Criminal Court have rejected a request from Libyan authorities to cancel the court’s war crimes case against the son of Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The decision said that the charges Libya is seeking to try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi on are not the same ones the international court wants him for, and the new government in Libya is not able to enforce judicial powers over the whole country.

Gaddafi was captured in the aftermath of Libya’s 2011 civil war by a militia group that has refused to hand him over to the central government in Tripoli.

Gaddafi, accused of crimes against humanity, says he is innocent of wrongdoing. His lawyers say he has asked to be tried at the court in the Hague, Netherlands.

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