NATO to be investigated over alleged war crimes in Libya
In addition to investigating war crimes allegedly committed by the Gaddafi regime in Libya, the ICC has announced it will also be conducting an investigation into alleged NATO war crimes.
Alongside building and oil contractors, another group which can expect to be handsomely rewarded as a result of the cessation of military action in Libya is the lawyers. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has added alleged crimes committed by NATO forces to the investigation it intends to conduct.
According to the Telegraph
Moreno-Ocampo told the U.N. Security Council
"There are allegations of crimes committed by Nato forces, allegations of crimes committed by NTC-related forces … as well as allegations of additional crimes committed by pro-Gaddafi forces. These allegations will be examined impartially and independently by the prosecution.”
reports that the investigation will primarily focus on the alleged crimes of the former Gaddafi regime.
Russia's envoy to the UN, Sergey Karev , raised the issue of civilian deaths caused by NATO, saying
"The number of civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure from actions of all the belligerent parties in Libya is are very high. Unfortunately, actions of the NATO-led coalition resulted in civilian deaths too."
He added that Moscow expects
“all those guilty of serious crimes – according to the international law – committed in Libya will be punished."
Moreno-Ocampo did not stipulate that the investigation would cover the actual breach of international law committed by NATO as it blatantly sided with one side in the uprising which developed into civil law. Pravda
reports on a number of breaches of international law in addition to several war crimes committed by NATO.