Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has been in power for the past 41 years
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi stands outside his tent after a meeting with African leaders in Tripoli on April 10. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he will seek arrest warrants against Kadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence head Abdullah Al Sanousi for crimes against humanity. © Joseph Eid - AFP/File
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has been in power for the past 41 years
Last updated: October 19, 2011

Top warcrimes prosecutor seeks Kadhafi warrant

The UN war crimes court's chief prosecutor said Monday he would seek arrest warrants against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and his intelligence head for crimes against humanity.

"Today, the office of the prosecutor requested the International Criminal Court (issue) arrest warrants," Luis Moreno-Ocampo said at a press conference in The Hague, where the International Criminal Court is based.

The Argentinian prosecutor said there was evidence "that Moamer Kadhafi personally ordered attacks on innocent Libyan civilians".

A panel of ICC judges will now have to decide whether to accept or reject the prosecutor's application, based on his case file.

Moreno-Ocampo announced on March 3 he was opening an investigation into human rights abuses in Libya as the anti-regime revolt entered its fourth month in the north African country.

His investigation targeted eight people, including Kadhafi and three of his sons.

Protests against Kadhafi's four-decade rule began on February 15 with Moreno-Ocampo saying thousands of people have been killed in the violence and around 750,000 people forced to flee, according to UN figures.

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