Libyan Transitional Council: ‘Prosecute Gaddafi’

The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) is eager to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) so that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi can be tried in The Hague. This was made clear yesterday in foreign minister Uri Rosenthal’s talk with Mahmoud Jibril, head of the NTC’s Executive Committee.

Mr Jibril was visiting The Hague to express his support for the ICC’s international arrest warrants for Mr Gaddafi, his son Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdulla Al-Senussi, the head of the regime’s military intelligence service.

The minister and Mr Jibril discussed recent developments in Libya, the role of NATO and aid to Libyan refugees. They agreed on the great importance of the ICC’s prosecution of Mr Gaddafi and the other suspects.

Mr Jibril asked Mr Rosenthal to help modify the sanctions against Libya, which are also causing difficulties for the NTC. The minister will look into possible ways of making distinctions in applying the sanctions and raise the issue in Brussels.

There will be further consultations between the Netherlands and the NTC at Benelux meetings in Brussels in July when the NTC visits Brussels at the Benelux countries’ invitation.