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ICC issues warrant of arrest for Muammar Gadhafi and sons

Posted by African Press International on June 27, 2011


The warrant of arrest issued today by the International Criminal Court will make it difficult for African Union’s plan to have a negotiated settlement between the rebels and the government in the ongoing civil war in Libya

If Gadhafi was planning to take up asylum in Russia or elsewhere, he will now be careful leaving Libya because he will be handed over to the Hague for trial now that a warrant of arrest is out.

He joins Sudan’s Al Bashir as one of Africa’s serving heads of State to be indicted. Africa has been unwilling to hand over Bashir to ICC. They will not hand over Gadhafi either. When ICC does things this way, the court makes African States to be suspicious because there are no European serving heads of State that get indicted in the same way.

The warrant of arrest will now make Gadhafi and his sons fight to the last man, as Gadhafi had stated when the conflict started. The only respectable way out for him is to die a martyr. This opinion is shared by Macharia Gaitho of NationMedia, Kenya


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