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International court wants Gadhafi's son

Oct. 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The son of deposed Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi should not be handed over to the International Criminal Court at the Hague, Libya said Tuesday.

At a two-day hearing, attorneys representing the country argued against complying with an ICC arrest warrant accusing Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam, of crimes against humanity, CNN reported.

The court in the Netherlands seeks to prosecute Saif al-Islam and wants Libya to hand him over.

Libyan attorneys argued that he should be tried in the country where he is accused of committing the crimes, the BBC reported.

Lawyer Almed al-Jehani called on the international community to "be patient," explaining that Libya needs time to organize a fair trial.

Libya must convince the International Criminal Court that it is willing and able to prosecute Gadhafi for the same crimes that are listed on the ICC's arrest warrant.

Court-appointed attorneys said Gadhafi has been mistreated and physically attacked since his capture in Nov. 2011.

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