An international prosecutor has sought an arrest warrant for Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi accusing him of committing crimes against humanity. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, International Criminal Court prosecutor, also asked judges for the arrest of Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam and his spy chief Abdullah al-Sanussi.
“The office gathered direct evidence about orders issued by Muammar Gaddafi himself, direct evidence of Saif al-Islam organising the recruitment of mercenaries and direct evidence of the participation of al-Senussi in the attacks against demonstrators,” Moreno-Ocampo said at the ICC on Monday.
According to Reuters, he added the office of the prosecutor also documented how the three held meetings “to plan the operations” and Gaddafi used his “absolute authority to commit crimes in Libya.”
Moreno-Ocampo stated the swiftness of his investigation stems from global consensus that the crimes committed in Libya had to be investigated, although judges will now need to decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed with the warrants.