ICC Prosecutor says obtained evidence of violations done by military forces in Libya

ICC Prosecutor says obtained evidence of violations done by military forces in Libya

November 09, 2022 - 20:55
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, confirmed that he obtained evidence regarding violations by military forces in Libya, noting in his briefing to the Security Council that during his visit to Libya, he met with Khalifa Haftar and his military prosecutor in Benghazi, as well as the military prosecutor in Tripoli, Minister of Justice in the Government of National Unity and Head of the Presidential Council before his visit to Tarhouna.

The ICC Prosecutor reaffirmed the need to exert more efforts on the situation in Libya and said that he was reassured in the past few days about something that has been clear for a long time.

"In Tarhuna, I saw heartbreaking things, this is the suffering that we have heard and seen. There's a feeling of stress and fatigue that all of this happened and is happening without action by the international community and the ICC." Khan said.

"One of the victims told me that we always hear about your court, but where are the results?" This is true from the point of view of the victims he met and spoke with. The matter is not limited to Tarhouna, we had received many messages from different cities in Libya, and the team working in Libya continues to investigate in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and other locations." Khan said, pointing out that he and his colleagues met a number of victims from different regions of Benghazi, Derna and centers of detention in Tajura and other areas.

Khan emphasized that for the first time since 2011, we have documented human rights violations with evidence in Libya, saying that this is the first time that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has been able to speak from Libya. Khan arrived in Libya this week in a visit that is the first by an ICC Prosecutor.