Libya to appeal ICC ruling where Saif al-Islam Gadhafi's will be tried

June 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, June 4 (UPI) -- Libya will appeal an International Criminal Court decision against a Libyan trial for Saif al-Islam Gadhafi for crimes against humanity, a ministry said.

Justice Minister Salah Bashir al-Marghani said Monday the decision also includes an appeal of the ICC's demand that Gadhafi be turned over to court's custody, the Libya Herald reported Tuesday.

Last week, a pretrial chamber of the International Criminal Court, sitting in The Hague, Netherlands, rejected a challenge by Libya over its jurisdiction in the case against Gadhafi, suspected of committing crimes against humanity, including murder, during Libya's civil war in 2011.

Libyan authorities argued they have the right to try Gadhafi in their own courts, provided the national judicial system was open and functioning.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the U.N. Security Council in early May serious crimes were committed by Moammar Gadhafi's government during the civil war.

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