Libya: Gaddafi Will Never Make It The Hague
MUAMMAR GADDAFI says he will die a martyr, in Libya, or Venezuela, or Scotland. He won’t make it to The Hague alive. One court of law for all mankind is a weirdness and cause for concern. But this comment from Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, shows how weak his organisation is:
“The decision to do justice in Libya should be taken by the Libyan people. Currently, Libya is not a State Party to the Rome Statute. Therefore, intervention by the ICC on the alleged crimes committed in Libya can occur only if the Libyan authorities accept the jurisdiction of the Court, (through article 12(3) of the Rome Statute). In the absence of such step, the United Nations Security Council can decide to refer the situation to the Court. The Office of the Prosecutor will act only after either decision is taken”.