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The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, accusing him of crimes against humanity. The court had grounds to believe he had ordered attacks on civilians during Libya's four-month uprising, it said. The Hague-based court also issued warrants for two of Col Gaddafi's top aides - his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the conflict. Anti-Gaddafi forces said on Monday they had launched a new push towards Tripoli, with heavy fighting near the strategic town of Bir al-Ghanam, to the south-west of capital. The rebel defence minister told the BBC that forces opposed to Col Gaddafi may also make a move on the capital from the east. 'Unquestioned control' The ICC arrest warrants refer to early weeks of the uprising, from 15 February until "at least 28 February". The statement, read out by presiding judge Sanji Monageng, said there were "reasonable grounds to believe" that the three men were "criminally responsible" for the murder and persecution of civilians. As the "recognised and undisputed leader of Libya", said the court, Col Gaddafi had "absolute, ultimate and unquestioned control" over the state. He introduced a state policy "aimed at deterring and quelling by any means, including by the use of force, the demonstrations of civilians against the regime", the court alleged. The warrant says that while Saif al-Islam Gaddafi holds no official position in Libya, he is "the most influential person" in Col Gaddafi's inner circle. Mr Sanussi, said the court, had "indirectly instructed the troops to attack civilians demonstrating" in Benghazi, the city that has become the rebels' stronghold. The BBC's Andrew Harding in Misrata said there was celebratory gunfire on the streets of the besieged city as the news emerged. "We are extremely happy that the whole world has united in prosecuting Gaddafi for the crimes he has committed," rebel council spokesman Jalal al-Galal told Reuters news agency from the rebel stronghold Benghazi. "The people feel vindicated by such a response." 'No legitimacy' The warrants had been requested by chief ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in May. He has said Col Gaddafi must be arrested in order to protect civilians.
Originally posted by Authenticated
You know I really don't understand that honestly...Why issue an arrest warrant for someone who's been targeted by so many Nato bombs..i'm sure he doesn't care he has a warrant out..They've been trying to kill him! now you want to arrest him..that makes no sense to me..maybe i'm missing something.
Originally posted by Lynda101
We are very choosey about who we pick for these ICC Warrants and who we 'forget' about, yet equally should be facing these warrants eh! Tony and dozens of others.
With Gadaffi it will be interesting if any Libyans or anyone stands up for him at the Court because although he has championed terrorism unashamedly to some he is their hero.