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Thursday, November 24, 2011

International Criminal Court backs down on Saif Gadhafi trial demand - 23rd Nov 2011

Libya could try Saif al-Islam Gadhafi itself rather than handing him over to International Criminal Court if Libya can prove it has a functioning justice system, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Wednesday.

The statement in Tripoli marks a reversal for the International Criminal Court, which initially said Moammar Gadhafi's son should be tried in The Hague.

But Moreno-Ocampo said Wednesday that Libya had the "right" to try him if it could do so.

"They are proud, they say to me that for them it's a matter of national pride to show that Libyans can do the case," he told CNN in an interview later Wednesday. "They will show they are able to prosecute Saif (al-Islam Gadhafi), who they believe is today the face of the old regime."

"The only condition is they have to present their position to the International Criminal Court judges and the judges will decide" if the case can be prosecuted in Tripoli, he added. Read More