By Libya Herald reporters.
Tunis, 22 June 2017:
Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj expects to host International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in Tripoli in the near future so she can have a firsthand look at challenges of bringing to justice those who have committed crimes against humanity.
Serraj met Bensouda on the sidelines of the Brussels summit today. Two years running, Bensouda has reported to the UN Security Council on the difficulties of investigating and gathering evidence in Libya against those alleged to have committed human rights violations. In normal circumstances the ICC will only mount such prosecutions itself when it deems a country’s judiciary incapable of investigating and pursuing cases themselves.
It seems clear that Bensouda will have raised the matter of the outstanding warrant for the arrest of Saif Al-Islam and his extradition to the Hague to stand trial on a range of charges relating to crimes against humanity during the Revolution. When news broke that Saif had been released in Zintan, Bensouda demanded he be handed over.
A statement put out by the PC today said Serraj had agreed with Bensouda that all those suspected of human rights crimes should be arrested “in the near future”.