Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rebels in Libya Deny Gaddafi, Al-Senoussi Trials Are Imminent

Libya Denies Gadhafi, Al-Senoussi Trials Imminent

THE HAGUE, Netherlands

Occupied rebel-held Libya tells ICC trials of Gadhafi's son and former intelligence chief are not due to start next month

US-backed Libyan rebels say the trials of one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons and the slain leader's former intelligence director are not scheduled to start next month, after all.

Lawyers for Libya's new rulers say in a letter sent to the International Criminal Court Tuesday that investigations into Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and Abdullah al-Senoussi are close to completion and pretrial proceedings will likely begin in February. The letter came after the court asked occupied Libya to explain reports that their trial was set for February.

The court has indicted Seif al-Islam and Al-Senoussi on crimes against humanity charges stemming from Gadhafi's resistance to the 2011 rebellion financed and coordinated by the US-NATO alliance which eventually toppled his four-decade leadership after the massive bombing against the people of this North African state.

However, Libyan rebels have said they want to try both men instead of sending them to The Hague to face another sham trial.

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