Fatou Bensouda (ICC Prosecutor): We have made significant progress in resuming investigations on the ground in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 09 May 2018, 08:02 PM
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The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, said her office had made "significant progress, including the resumption of investigations on the ground in Libya."

"The UN Security Council's use of its authority to support the implementation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) orders to apprehend the cases it is considering is very important," Bensouda said in a speech to the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

"The accountability for serious and destabilizing crimes under the Rome Statute and full respect for the rule of law are an integral part of the lasting peace and stability of Libya," she said.

Bensouda noted that her office continues to "communicate effectively with the Libyan authorities, countries and other bodies to bridge the gap in the inability to punish in Libya."

The prosecutor stressed that her office "is keen to continue to exert more efforts in Libya in line with its powers but needed adequate funding."

"Being a part of the Rome Statute is a privilege and carries enormous responsibilities," Bensouda said. "We have to act accordingly to arrest the fugitives and hand them over to the ICC."

"More deterrence can only be secured through arrest and the surrender of suspects whose cases are heard by the International Criminal Court so that they can respond to the charges against them," Bensouda said.

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