Libyan rebels welcome Gaddafi arrest warrant

09:08, June 28, 2011      

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The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) welcomed the International Criminal Court's arrest warrants for embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Intelligence chief Abdullah al- Senussi, Al-Jazeera TV reported Monday.

The NTC head Mustafa Abdel-Galil hailed the ICC's arrest warrant against Gaddafi on Monday.

"Justice has been done" with Gaddafi's arrest warrant for crimes against humanity, Galil told a news conference in the rebel- held city of Benghazi.

"We will do all we can to bring Gaddafi to justice," he said, adding that "If anyone hides him, they will be tracked down and brought to justice."

He went on to say that Gaddafi was responsible for many terrorist attacks throughout the world.

Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng announced the decision Monday on behalf of a three-judge panel in The Hague.

All three are charged over their roles in suppressing the revolt, in which civilians were murdered and persecuted by Libyan forces, particularly in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata, the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said.

Libyan officials rejected the court's authority even before the decision was read in The Hague, accusing the court of unfairly targeting Africans while ignoring what they called crimes committed by NATO in Afghanistan, Iraq "and in Libya now."

"The ICC has no legitimacy whatsoever. We will deal with it... All of its activities are directed at African leaders,'' government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told reporters Sunday.

The world's major powers, the UK, the United States and France, started on March 19 to launch strikes from the air and sea against Gaddafi's forces after the UN Security Council passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya.

NATO formally took over full command and control of military operations against Libya from the United States on March 31.

NATO has been increasing military pressure on the regime of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit.

Source: Xinhua
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