Justice for Gadhafi: Is the International Criminal Court the best forum for it?
The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague is seeking an arrest warrant against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for crimes against humanity. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)
The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court has asked judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two other senior members of his embattled regime for crimes against humanity.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo has accused Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi of deliberately targeting civilians in their crackdown against rebels by ordering, planning and participating in illegal attacks.
Gadhafi's forces have attacked civilians in their homes, shot at demonstrators, shelled funeral processions and deployed snipers to kill people leaving mosques, Moreno-Ocampo said Monday.
Judges in The Hague, Netherlands, must now evaluate the evidence before deciding whether to confirm the charges and issue international arrest warrants.
"The case is now in their hands," Moreno-Ocampo told reporters at a press conference.
The ICC is a permanent, treaty based, international court "established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community." It is not part of the United Nations organization.
-- With files from The Associated Press
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