Gaddafi killing smacks of war crime: Prosecutor

December 16th, 2011 - 7:20 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 16 (IANS) The killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by rebel forces “creates suspicions” of war crimes, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the ICC was raising the concern with Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), BBC reported Friday.

“I think the way in which Gaddafi was killed creates suspicions of war crimes,” Moreno-Ocampo was quoted as saying.

Gaddafi was killed Oct 20 in his home town of Sirte. Rebel fighters found him hiding in a concrete drainage pipe.

Amateur videos taken at the time of Gaddafi’s capture showed him injured but alive, surrounded by a crowd of rebel fighters. He is seen hustled through the crowd and beaten on several occasions. He then disappears into the crowd and gunfire is heard.

NTC officials initially said he died in crossfire, but promised to investigate.

The ICC chief prosecutor said: “I think that’s a very important issue. We are raising this concern to the national authorities and they are preparing a plan to have a comprehensive strategy to investigate all these crimes.”

Gaddafi had gone into hiding in August, six months after the Libyan uprising began.

His son Mutassim was captured alive along with him but died in rebel custody.

Another of Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam, will be tried for alleged war crimes.

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