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ICC chief prosecutor says Gaddafi's son Saif al Islam to be tried inside Libya

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08:37, November 24, 2011

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), answers questions after the joint press conference with Libya's Interim Justice Minister Mohammed al-Allagui in Tripoli, capital of Libya, on Nov. 23, 2011. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said here Wednesday that Saif al-Islam, the captured son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will be tried inside Libya. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)

TRIPOLI, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said here Wednesday that Saif al-Islam, the captured son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will be tried inside Libya.

Speaking at a press conference, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Libya has the right to prosecute Saif al-Islam and Abdullah Senussi, former Libyan intelligence chief.

He also stressed that ICC judges should be involved in the trials of the two suspects.

Ocampo is in Tripoli for talks with new Libyan leaders about charges and trials of Saif and Senussi, both wanted by the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity.

The ICC issued warrants on June 27 against Saif, his father and Abdullah Senussi, intelligence chief of Gaddafi's regime, on charges of crimes against humanity in cracking down on anti- Gaddafi protests.

Spokesman of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) Abdul Hafid Ghoga told reporters Sunday that Saif would be tried in Libya rather than in The Hague, Netherlands, where the ICC is based.

Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim el-Keeb has promised a fair trial for Saif, who was seized in a southern Libyan town Saturday after having been on the run since forces of the NTC took over Tripoli in late August.

Senussi, the brother-in-law and former right-hand man of Muammar Gaddafi, were captured Sunday in a southern Libyan desert town.

Muammar Gaddafi and his another son, Mutassim, were captured alive by NTC forces in his hometown Sirte in late October, but both were being lynched shortly.

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