Gadhafi could face rape charges, prosecutor says
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as for his son and brother-in-law.
June 28th, 2011
08:14 AM ET

Gadhafi could face rape charges, prosecutor says

The International Criminal Court is still trying to link Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his brother-in-law to rapes but it does not yet have enough evidence to do so, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Tuesday.

It has evidence that rapes have taken place in Libya's civil war, but he cannot prove Gadhafi ordered them, he said.

Learn about Eman al Obeidy, a Libyan woman who says she was gang-raped earlier this year by Gadhafi's militiamen. Her story is among several reported by human rights organizations working in and near Libya.

The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants Monday for Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, and his brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanussi on other charges.

Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi is a close adviser to his father. His arrest warrant came two days after his 39th birthday. Al-Sanussi serves as Gadhafi's head of intelligence.

The warrants are "for crimes against humanity," including murder and persecution, "allegedly committed across Libya" from February 15 through "at least" February 28, "through the state apparatus and security forces," the court said in a news release.

The court could file charges against "one or two other names, but in principle the first investigation focuses on these individuals," Moreno-Ocampo said Tuesday.

The court is not asking international forces operating in Libya to arrest the suspects, Moreno-Ocampo said, explaining that Libya has the primary responsibility to do so as a United Nations member.

And he insisted it was only a matter of time until Gadhafi was arrested, pointing out that Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was finally seized more than 15 years after a warrant for his arrest was issued.

"The arrest warrants are not going away," he said, noting that 161 warrants had been issued in connection with the Yugoslav wars of the early 1990s - and that 160 suspects have been seized.

Rape has been used as a tool of war since antiquity. Last week, CNN.com told the stories of Holocaust survivors who say they were raped in the concentration camps. Many other stories of sexual assault are chronicled by a small fraternity of professional interviewers who do their job in war zones throughout the globe.

Learn the latest in the unrest in the Middle East, country by county.

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  1. Philip

    How many war criminals have been prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or do soldiers not raype anymore? Did soldiers stop raypeing after WW2? And who prosecutes American war criminals, or did they go extinct too.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • michaelfury

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/indecent/

      June 28, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What makes me sick is absolutely minimum punishment for NATO and American forces that commit the very same criminal acts. Is there no end! The thugs in Washington must be grinning.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      I didn't post the above but thanks anyway for posting it, whoever you are.

      June 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Good post Joey Isotta-Fraschini,thank you.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RuffNutt

    Joey Isotta-Fraschini,that was a good post and I agree with you. Thank you.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. BOSTON GIRL

    Good post Joey,thank you.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hello troll of 9:31 as well as the rest. You must be the same one person. I support your freedom of speech,but you may consider posting under your own name. Just a thought.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Nothing but trolls here. I must move along.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. CSnSC

    No worries jif, your posts dont have that troll smell.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. troll

    No they smell much worse.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RUFFNUTT

    What a horrific affront on international justice this is!!! They want to try Mohammar Qadaffy while that butcher Barack Obama continues to sit in the White House and live like a king! How revolting it is!!!!

    June 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Philip

    Gadhafi? I'm more concerned with what happens to one of Blackwater's private military if they get caught raypeing an Iraqi or Afghani. What happens to a coalition troop if caught. They don't face the ICC (int'l criminal court) because the US gov. dropped our long standing membership with The World Court just days prior to invading Iraq. Who do individuals representing the USA FACE IF CAUGHT COMITTING WAR CRIMES?

    June 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • George Patton

      Sadly enough Philip, these creeps won't face anybody at all even if caught. Our own government, through it's arrogance and self righteousness, took care of that years ago and I find that totally appalling!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    A trolling we will go, a trolling we will go...hi-yo a merrie-o, a trolling we will go.

    Give it a rest, dude.

    June 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Philip

    Me too George. And I see that the ICC has formally charged Gadhafi for suspected crimes against humanity. Someone should alert the Navy Seal's that they have another hit coming up. I never thought I'd live to see Navy Seals assassinate well-known murder suspects, or a president of the United States of America being the one to call for the assassination! And nobody hardly flinched.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mark Lichtenstein

    I wonder if you think that Mr. Baez really believes that Casey Anthony is innocent?
    And if so, is the real smell test to ask Mr. Baez is if he had a 25 year old
    son and he came home and said he was engaged to Casey Anthony would he want
    Casey to be the mother of his grandchild?

    July 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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