NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 8 – Security and human rights situation remains dire in Libya. Italy remains concerned for the respect of human rights in Libyan prisons and recalls existing international obligations, including relevant Security Council resolutions, the Italian Permanent Representative and President of the UN Security Council for the month of November said today after a briefing by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda.
“We deplore that insecurity in Libya has been hampering the Court in carrying out its investigations in the field; however we are hopeful that improvement can change this state of fact and create conditions conducive to allowing the Prosecutor to visit Libyan territory”, Cardi added.
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Major Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, a commander in the Bengazhi based Al-Saiqa Brigade accused of murdering 33 people in the context of the ongoing conflict in Libya, Ms. Bensouda announced to the United Nations Security Council urging the international community to turn over Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, former head of the Libyan Internal Security Agency, and Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. In her remarks to the Council, the ICC Prosecutor appealed directly to General Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, “to demonstrate, by concrete actions, respect for international justice by ensuring Mr al-Werfalli’s immediate transfer to the Libyan authorities so that he may be surrendered to the court without delay.”
“The ICC remains seized on the issue and I will not hesitate to bring new applications for warrants if new crimes will be committed”, Ms. Bensouda told the Council. “As Vice President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC I am particularly conscious of the delicate task that she has to discharge. Under Madame Bensouda’s determined guidance the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC has made progress in many different areas and I would like to extend to her our strong appreciation and support”, Cardi said during the meeting.
The situation in Libya was unanimously deferred to the International Criminal Court by this Council through resolution 1970. “We are pleased to see that the Prosecutor has made it one of the priorities of her Office, with continuous attention to crimes that are committed in the Country”, Cardi said, adding that “there must not be impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Libya – perpetrators must be brought to justice; all pending arrest warrants issued by the Court must be executed. It is also in the interest of those accused of crimes to surrender to the jurisdiction of the Court and receive a fair trial”.
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