ICC Prosecutor Wants Arrest Warrant for Gaddafi, But What About Kony?

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has indicated that he would like to see an arrest warrant issued for Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi.

Gaddafi could face charges of crimes against humanity, for actions committed by forces under his control, since his people decided to rise up against him.

GaddafiColonel Gaddafi

I recently spoke to a Libyan doctor living in Scotland.

He had recently returned to his home country for a while to tend to the wounded in the conflict.

He showed me pictures he had taken on his camera phone.

Protestors with bullet holes in their head – no doubt targeted deliberately.

Others blown apart by heavy artillery.

It seems beyond doubt that there is substance behind the prosecutor’s claims.

Luis Moreno-OcampoLuis Moreno-Ocampo

But will it make a difference?

How seriously pursued will any eventual warrant be?

The technicalities of bringing Gaddafi to court can be debated elsewhere.

But will there be any appetite for it?

One of the first warrants issued by the ICC was for the LRA leader Joesph Kony.

On the 8th July 2005.

Since then, Kony has not come close to being apprehended, and he has far less power than Gaddafi.

Does the international community really have the appetite to hunt down those criminals subject to ICC warrants?


Posted on May 16, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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