ICC team to visit Libya's Tarhouna to document mass graves

ICC team to visit Libya's Tarhouna to document mass graves

July 20, 2020 - 20:28
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The spokesman for the Libyan Justice Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Nasser Al-Ghaita said a team from the International Criminal Court (ICC) will visit Tarhouna to document the unearthing of mass graves and follow up with the forensics.

Al-Ghaita told reporters that such a move by the ICC shows its willingness to track criminals and hold them accountable for such heinous crimes, adding that national judiciary and the Public Prosecutor's Office are still working on this issue.

He indicated that bringing criminals to justice in Tarhouna has stopped before due to Haftar's control over the city, but now there's room for finding evidence to bring criminals to justice.

A delegation from the ICC asked the investigation bureau of the Public Prosecutor's Office for a list of wanted criminals involved in mass graves and planting mines, according to Al Jazeera.

The Libyan Public Prosecutor's Office issued last month arrest warrants of 20 pro-Haftar fighters for killing tens of civilians found in mass graves, including women and children, unearthed after Haftar's forces left Tarhouna.

The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said last month that her office was investigating mass graves in Libya's Tarhouna.