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article imageSaif Gaddafi tells ICC he is innocent

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 29, 2011 in World
Beijing - International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on Saturday that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi maintains he is innocent of alleged crimes against humanity.
The exact whereabouts of Col. Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam remain unknown. According to International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Saif has made contact with the ICC through intermediaries to offer to surrender. Speaking from Beijing on Saturday, where he is attending a law conference, Moreno-Ocampo told Reuters that Saif Gaddafi maintains he is innocent of alleged crimes against humanity.
The prosecutor said of Saif "He says he is innocent, he will prove he is innocent, and then he is interested in the consequence after that."According to the Guardian Moreno-Ocampo went on to add: "So we explain to him the legal system, so we are making no deal, though we have a case against him. But we are explaining the legal system and his right to defend himself."Regarding reports that Saif has paid mercenaries standing by to whisk him to safety in a country that is not a signatory to the Rome Statute the prosecutor said "We have some information that there is a mercenary group trying to help him to move to a different country, so we are trying to prevent this activity. We are also working with some states to see if we can disrupt this attempt."The BBC reports that Zimbabwe is a likely destination for Saif if he does not surrender to the ICC.
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