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article imageICC in touch with Saif Gaddafi over surrender

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 28, 2011 in World
The Hague - International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has issued a statement on Friday to say his office was in "informal contact" with Saif Gaddafi regarding his surrender. He promised there would be no deals offered in return for surrender.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has an outstanding arrest warrant in the name of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. Although the ICC is not aware of the current whereabouts of Gaddafi, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has issued a statement confirming that his office is in “informal contact” with Saif regarding his surrender. (The Telegraph)
The statement reads: “Through intermediaries, we have informal contact with Saif. The office of the prosecutor has made it clear that if he surrenders to the ICC, he has the right to be heard in court, he is innocent until proven guilty. The judges will decide.” Moreno-Ocampo said "We believe we have a strong case. We believe he should be convicted." Additionally he promised that there will be no deals offered in exchange for Saif’s surrender.
An official from Libya’s National Transitional Council has said Saif is trying to arrange for a plane to fly him from his desert location in Niger to the court in the Hague. According to Reuters the NTC official who declined to be named, said “There is a contact with Mali and with South Africa and with another neighbouring country to organise his exit ... He hasn't got confirmation yet, he's still waiting.”There are however other planes waiting in both Johannesburg and the UAE to fly Saif to a safe destination. Naharnet has reported that a group of South African mercenaries have been hired to secure Saif’s escape to a country not party to the Rome Statute and thus not obliged to turn him over to the ICC.
The paid mercenaries were present in Sirte where some were killed and their mission to rescue Gaddafi from Libya was a failure. Deon Odedaal, one of the South African’s involved said “the group believed NATO wanted Gaddafi to leave Libya but the convoy came under attack as they tried to take him from his hometown in Sirte.” He described the end in Sirte as “a gruesome, gruesome orgy” whilst saying “the poor thing screamed like a pig” as he spoke of the final moments of Col. Gaddafi.
NTC officials have claimed that Saif is fearful for his life, perhaps anticipating the same violent and bloody end that his father met. Although international countries support the ICC plan to try Saif it may be more politically expedient for some if he were to disappear to a country that is not a signatory to the Rome Statute.
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