ICC refers Libya to UN Security Council

Published December 11th, 2014 - 02:45 GMT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has referred Libya to the UN Security Council for not handing over the son of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi for prosecution.

"The chamber is of the view that it is appropriate to make a finding of non-compliance by Libya with the court's requests for cooperation at issue and refer the matter to the Security Council," read the statement issued by the Hague-based ICC on Wednesday in reference to the legal case of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

However, the move does not aim "to sanction or criticize Libya but solely to seek the assistance of the Security Council to eliminate the impediments to cooperation,” the statement added.

In May, the ICC judges dismissed a final bid by Libya to prosecute Saif al-Islam in the country, ruling that he must be transferred to The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity.

Saif al-Islam, who served as Libya's de facto prime minister during his father’s reign, has been held by militants in a prison in the city of Zintan since he was captured in 2011 while trying to flee the country.

The militants have refused to give him to central authorities.

Libyans rose up against Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He was slain on October 20 of the same year.

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