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article imageLibya detains ICC lawyer with suspicious letters for Saif Gaddafi

By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 10, 2012 in World
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is demanding the immediate release of four its officials detained in Libya. The four, including an Australian lawyer, are accused of carrying suspicious letters to Saif Gaddafi in his makeshift Zintan prison.
The Zintan brigade holding Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in custody have accused the ICC officials of "attempting to pass‘dangerous documents’ to him, including a letter from a former confidante of his who is now on the run in Egypt" Channel 6 News writes.
According to Euro News the Libyans also accuse the ICC members of carrying spying materials comprised of "a pen with a camera and a watch with recording material."
Amongst the four detained officials is Melinda Taylor, an Australian lawyer. She was due to discuss Gaddafi's defense with him. Alarabiya reported Libyan lawyer Ahmed al-Jehani, who is in charge of Gaddafi's case, said that Taylor is being questioned by the authorities but is “under house arrest in Zintan, not in prison."
Al-Jehani also said the ICC members had permission from Libya's prosecutor-general to visit Saif Gaddafi, but were subject to searches.
ICC President Sang-Hyun Song said “We are very concerned about the safety of our staff in the absence of any contact with them. These four international civil servants have immunity when on an official ICC mission.”
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