International arrest warrant to be issued against Gaddafi

LONDON: The International Criminal Court is poised to issue an arrest warrant against Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after his first public appearance in weeks revealed that he had survived the NATO air strike that killed his youngest son Saif.

The Daily Mail quoted Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini as saying that the warrant issued at the end of the month would make it ‘impossible’ for Gaddafi to leave the country in exile as ‘all the international community would have legal obligations’.

Gaddafi, who was filmed talking with tribal leaders in a hotel in the capital, was last seen in public on April 9. A projection screen behind him showed a morning chat show on state al-Jamahirya TV, which displayed yesterday’s date in one corner.

He has been in hiding since the rocket attack was launched on his house in Tripoli, and the Libyan government had claimed he and his wife were unhurt in the attack.

The revelation came as the leader of the rebels visited London this morning to seek for more aid to carry on with their fight against the Gaddafi regime.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), met British Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Chancellor George Osborne.

The Foreign Office said the sides discussed providing more non-lethal equipment to the rebels and opening a permanent NTC office in London. Britain has already sent body armour and telecommunications equipment to the rebels.

“The Government is today inviting the council to establish a formal office here in London. We will work with you to ensure that the international community increases the diplomatic, the economic and the military pressure on this bankrupt regime,” Cameron said.

source : economictimes

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