The International Criminal Court prosecutor will request three arrest warrants for his investigation into killings of pro-democracy demonstrators in Libya and said yesterday states should prepare for arrests.
Russian and South African delegates sharply criticized the NATO-led operations to protect civilians and enforce a no-fly zone and suggested the ICC should not limit its investigation to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s government.
The U.N. Security Council referred the Libyan violence to the ICC in February. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is investigating Gaddafi, some of his sons and aides over what he called a “pre-determined plan” to attack protesters.
Moreno-Ocampo, addressing the U.N. Security Council about the progress of his investigation, said he will request three arrest warrants within weeks for alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya since Feb. 15.
“Crimes against humanity have been and continue to be committed in Libya, attacking unarmed civilians including killings and persecutions in many cities across Libya,” Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement.
He urged states to prepare for arrests should ICC judges decide to issue warrants, stressing “now is the time to start planning on how to implement possible arrest warrants.”