ICC rejects Libya bid to try Gadhafi son

Associated Press Modified: April 25, 2012 at 11:15 am •  Published: April 25, 2012
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court again rejected Wednesday attempts by Libya to delay handing over one of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi's sons, who is wanted for trial.

Judges unanimously dismissed Libya's latest appeal against the court's order to surrender Seif al-Islam Gadhafi for trial on charges of murdering and persecuting civilians in the early days of the uprising that toppled his father's regime last year.

Seif al-Islam was captured by rebels last year and is being held in the western town of Zintan.

Libyan authorities are resisting surrendering him, saying they want to put him on trial at home.

Wednesday's decision heaps more pressure on Tripoli to send Seif al-Islam to The Hague.

The ICC is a court of last resort for suspects accused of atrocities in countries unwilling or unable to try them. However, if Libya is to prosecute Seif al-Islam in Tripoli, it must first surrender him to the court and then apply to get him back by convincing judges in The Hague he will get a fair trial at home.

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