An Egyptian official predicted that his country will likely dismiss the International Criminal Court's appeal of handing over Al-Tuhami Mohamned Khaled, former head of Internal Security Service in Gaddafi’s regime.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to London-based The New Arab, clarified that despite Egypt’s signing of the statute of ICC, known as Rome convention, in 2000, the Egyptian government is not obliged to implement the court’s decision because the signing of the statute is yet to be ratified by the Egyptian House of Representatives.
He said that Egypt felt itself to be under no legal compulsion towards ICC, but only a moral obligation, which seems not to be in its interest at present.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant against Al-Tuhami on Monday for repressing regime opponents in 2011.
Al-Tuhami, born in the Janzour area of Libya in 1942, is said to have at least ten different passports - under a number of names and identities - and remains at large.
After the fall of Gaddafi, he fled to Egypt along with other senior regime figures including Gaddafi’s son Mohammed, his cousin Ahmed Qaddaf-Addam and his ambassador to Cairo Ali Maria.
According to the latest information, he is now a member of a political group named "Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya" along with other leading figures from the old regime.