ICC prosecutor happy for Libya to try Gaddafi son
By Francois Murphy
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Wednesday he was happy for Libya to try Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam instead of sending him to the Hague, and cast doubt on whether the country's former intelligence chief had been caught.
Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he hoped Saif al-Islam would get a fair trial if it is held in Libya, but the ICC's job was to ensure no defendant enjoyed impunity rather than to monitor the fairness of legal proceedings.
Moreno-Ocampo was in Tripoli for talks with officials after Saturday's capture of Saif al-Islam, whom the ICC indicted for crimes against humanity during Libya's civil war, along with Muammar Gaddafi and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi.
Human rights groups and some western leaders had called on Libya to hand over Saif al-Islam to the global court, saying Gaddafi's son might not get a fair trial in his home country.
But Moreno-Ocampo appeared to support the country's new leaders in their wish to try Saif al-Islam on Libyan soil.
Asked what standard Libya had to meet to try Saif al-Islam itself, Moreno-Ocampo said the ICC would step aside as long as genuine charges were brought.
"My standard, the standard of the ICC, is that it has to be a judicial process that is not organised to shield the suspect. That's it, that's it," Moreno-Ocampo said, adding that Libya did not have to show that the trial would be completely fair.
"I hope they do a fair trial. My point is that we are not a system to monitor fair trials. We are a system to ensure no impunity," he said. Continued...