ICC charges Gaddafi for using rape as weapon in conflict


June 9, 2011

ICC charges Gaddafi for using rape as weapon in conflict

The chief prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) is likely to add rape to the war crimes charges against Muammar Gaddafi on the back of mounting evidence that sexual attacks on women are being used as a weapon in the Libyan conflict.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, says there is evidence Gaddafi ordered the violations as a form of punishment.  He told reporters at the UN in New York last night there were strong indications that hundreds of women had been raped in the Libyan government clampdown on the popular uprising.

The prosecutor said there was evidence that the government had been handing out doses of Viagra to soldiers to encourage sexual attacks. Moreno-Ocampo said rape was a new tactic for the Libyan regime. “That’s why we had doubts at the beginning, but now we are more convinced.

Under the ICC’s code enslavement, forcible transfer of populations and torture as well as  multiple rapes constitute a crime against humanity.

Moreno-Ocampo has already requested arrest warrants against Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the country’s spy chief, on other charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during attempts to crush the country’s rebellion.

That request is being considered by ICC judges. These allegations of mass rape adopted by the court would be added to the indictment as fresh charges.

This allegation of rape against Gaddafi has already been raised in the UN security council. In April the US ambassador, Susan Rice, said some Libyan troops had been issued with Viagra.

Moreno-Ocampo said the question until recently had been whether Gaddafi himself could be associated with the rapes “or is it something that happened in the barracks?”

“But now we are getting some information that Gaddafi himself decided [to authorise the rapes] and this is new.

Conflict Still Rages in Libya

Today in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the shelling yesterday near Misrata showed the continued need to protect civilians. “It is an example that the Gadhafi regime still constitutes a threat to the civilian population,” he said. “We will stay committed as long as necessary,” Fogh Rasmussen added.

Life After Gadhafi

Libya’s former U.N. ambassador Abdurraham Mohamed Shalgham attended the Dubai gathering as a senior official of the rebels’ National Council. He said NATO should focus more strikes on Gadhafi forces around Misrata to help “the youth freedom fighters to move toward the capital Tripoli.” Shalgham said he believed Gadhafi was in the final days of his rule.

Publisher: Salient News


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Tony Ryals

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By Tony Ryals

Since I first received information on 29 March 2005 regarding the
actions of Moreno-Ocampo I have known that at some point I would be
obliged to submit a complaint against him. I wish to emphasize that
my action in submitting this complaint is based on professional and
ethical motives and is in no way influenced by personal feelings. I find
it deplorable that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court,
one of the highest legal officials in the world, performs acts such as
those of 28 March 2005, when he forced or coerced a woman into
sexual intercourse, in a manner that would most likely have merited a
prison term in most highly developed countries of the world. I am not
willing to live with the knowledge of this crime being unreported and
the perpetrator being able to continue working in high office. In this
context it should be noted that a potential attempt to excuse Moreno-
Ocampo by pointing to a variation in legal standards and traditions in
diverse parts of the world is not acceptable and does not condone the
actions of Moreno-Ocampo on 28 March 2005.- Complaint re ICC Luis
Moreno-Ocampo , 2006

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