A three judge panel at the court at Hague in Netherlands issued arrest warrants on the for Gadhafi, his son Saif-al Islam Gadhafi and his brother in law Abdullah al-Sanussi on the 27th of June, 2011. But the African Unions have agreed not to cooperate with the International Criminal Courts as they feel that these warrants will only further complicate the efforts aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in Libya.
The warrants have been issued on grounds which includes “for crimes against humanity” and murder and persecution “allegedly committed across Libya” from February 15 through “at least” February 28 according to the court.
But the major contention is that Libya is not a signatory to Rome Statute and thereby the court lacks jurisdiction to enter upon Libya and arrest them. There are signs of clear intents to not recognize the warrant issued against Gadhafi by him.
The decision to investigate on him came from a unanimous U.N. Security Council following widespread issues on Gadhafi. A British Foreign Office called spokesman called on Gadhafi to end violence and leave office and also emphasized on the fact that NATO’s coalition’s aim was to protect civilians, and not to arrange a safe exit for the Libyan leader.
Report by Sumit