U.S. calls on Libya's Government of National Unity to arrest and surrender Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Abdullah Senussi

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 24 Nov 2021, 03:34 AM
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The U.S. Ambassador for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, called on Libya's Government of National Unity to arrest and hand over Abdullah Senussi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and all those wanted by the International Criminal Court during a Security Council briefing by International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan on Tuesday.

Jeffrey DeLaurentis said: "Former senior officials of the Qadhafi regime – such as Abdullah al-Senussi and Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, the latter of whom is subject to an arrest warrant by the ICC for charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity – must face justice. The perpetrators of serious human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity must not be allowed to continue to inflict violence and turmoil. We call upon the Government of National Unity to take all possible action to secure the arrest and surrender of those wanted by the ICC."

He added, "We would like to express our concern, as reported in the UN Security Council Final Report of the UN Panel of Experts on the Sudan, that Abdallah Banda, a prominent ex-JEM Darfuri commander subject to an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court, launched his own rebel group and has received financing and military materials from the Libyan National Army in return for support."

DeLaurentis also said that "the ICC’s work in Libya is a critical element of our shared commitments to accountability, peace, and security. To achieve these goals in Libya, the appropriate mechanisms – including international, hybrid, and domestic courts – need to deliver for victims of atrocities. We will continue to support the Court’s investigations and contributions, which we hope will help bring true justice to the people of Libya.

The U.S. Ambassador welcomed "the report of the Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya, FFM, released on October 1," in which more that more than 150 individuals were interviewed and hundreds of documents were reviewed "on violations and abuses in Tripoli, Ganfouda and Southern Libya."

 DeLaurentis also reaffirmed the U.S. call for "all actors in Libya to commit to ensuring that free and fair elections take place as scheduled."

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