INTERPOL and ICC meeting focuses on cooperation

September 14, 2012

INTERPOL on September 13, 2012 released the following:

“THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A meeting between INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui and International Criminal Court President Sang-Hyun Song and recently-appointed Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda provided an opportunity to review cooperation between the Office of the Prosecutor and INTERPOL, and to assess further collaboration in specialized investigative support, training and experts networking.

The INTERPOL and ICC presidents in their meeting on 7 September recognized the significant cooperation between the two organisations, with the ICC President acknowledging the importance of INTERPOL’s role in capacity-building investigations into genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as the operational support provided by INTERPOL for ICC initiatives.

Also attending the meeting were the ICC’s Michel de Smedt, Head of Investigations Division, Helen Walker, International Cooperation Advisor and Stefano Carvelli, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit.”

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Libyan team leaves Mauritania without Senussi

March 21, 2012

Reuters on March 21, 2012 released the following:

“By Laurent Prieur

(Reuters) – A Libyan delegation left Mauritania on Wednesday without Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, but the Libyan government spokesman said Senussi’s extradition was expected soon.

Libya is vying with France and the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) to try Gaddafi’s former right-hand man, arrested on Friday when he flew in to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott using a false passport.

Mauritanian sources played down Libyan suggestions that a deal to extradite Senussi was almost finalized and said other countries also had a say in the case.

“We have an assurance from Mauritania that it will extradite … Senussi, but there are legal procedures which must be respected and we will wait,” Libyan government spokesman Nasser al-Manee told reporters before boarding the plane.

“No date has been set for his physical extradition, but it will be soon,” he added. A diplomatic source said the plane later took off as scheduled.

Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour, leading the delegation, said after talks with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday that Aziz had given his consent to Senussi’s extradition, adding he would “soon be in a Libyan prison.”

Mauritanian sources differed. “The principle of Senussi’s extradition to Libya has been agreed,” said a source close to the Mauritanian presidency. “What remain to be determined are details like the timing,” the source added.

“It’s not just Mauritania and Libya that can settle this,” a Mauritanian security source said, adding that the West African state, a former French colony heavily dependent on foreign aid, acknowledged that other countries should also have a say in Senussi’s fate.

HELD BEHIND A HIGH WALL

The source declined to elaborate but several rights groups have said they doubt whether Senussi, 62, would have a fair trial in Libya and say he would be better transferred to the ICC to face charges of crimes against humanity.

Aziz, an army general who seized power in 2008 and won elections a year later decried by rivals as rigged, has enjoyed solid support from Paris that has helped him win international respectability and an IMF funding program.

France wants Senussi in connection with a 1989 airliner bombing over Niger in which 54 of its nationals died. A second Mauritanian security source told Reuters on Tuesday France was arguing that its claim had priority because it had helped in last week’s arrest of the ex-spy chief.

Senussi is understood to be in detention in the main police training school in Nouakchott. The facility – surrounded by a high wall blocking the view from outside – was the only one that combined adequate security with a degree of comfort for Senussi, local security sources said.

Senussi is suspected of a key role in the killing of more than 1,200 inmates at Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison in 1996. It was the arrest of a lawyer acting for relatives of the victims that sparked Libya’s Arab Spring revolt in February last year.

His name has also been linked to the 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland of a Pan Am jet that killed 270 people. A diplomatic source said on Tuesday the United States was keen to question him about that attack.”

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INTERPOL Red Notice issued for Gaddafi’s former spy chief Al-Senussi at Libya’s request

March 19, 2012

INTERPOL on March 18, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – At Libya’s request, INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice for Colonel Gaddafi’s former director of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi for fraud offences including embezzling public funds and misuse of power for personal benefit.

The international wanted persons alert for the 62-year-old has been circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries and is in addition to the Red Notice issued at the request of the International Criminal Court for Al-Senussi in September 2011 for crimes against humanity.

Following the issue of the ICC Red Notice for Al-Senussi, INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit had liaised closely with North and West African countries in order to ensure that border control points were alerted to his wanted status.

Libya’s request for a Red Notice, which comes just days after their Minister of the Interior Fawzi Altaher Abdulaali addressed INTERPOL’s Heads of National Central Bureaus conference, was welcomed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“INTERPOL has committed itself to supporting Libya’s efforts to achieve its goal of rebuilding their country and being guided by the rule of law, and clearly their request for an INTERPOL Red Notice for Al-Senussi is a clear demonstration of their commitment to international police cooperation and justice,” said Mr Noble.

“Targeting and arresting those involved in embezzling funds and making them accountable for their actions before the courts will help Libya achieve its goal,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

INTERPOL’s FIS unit, officers from the Middle East and North Africa sub-directorate and the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre at the General Secretariat headquarters are continuing to liaise closely with the ICC and all involved National Central Bureaus including Nouakchott where Al-Senussi was reportedly arrested.

Since March 2011, through the publication of Orange Notice global alerts against a number of Libyan nationals, including members of Colonel Gaddafi’s family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011).”

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INTERPOL Chief welcomes arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi as milestone for Libyan justice

November 28, 2011

INTERPOL on November 19, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – The arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi has been welcomed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as an important step forward in the delivery of justice to the people of Libya.

The 39-year-old son of Colonel Gaddafi, who is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued at the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution, is now in custody awaiting trial after being apprehended in Ubari in the south of the country.

“Today’s arrest of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is an important milestone for the new Libya,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Gaddafi being taken into custody not only shows fugitives that they cannot run forever, but also is a clear signal to the people of Libya and citizens around the world that the National Transitional Council will continue to hunt for those accused of crimes and bring them before the courts in order that they can respond to the charges against them.

“The Prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo and I called for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in after Colonel Gaddafi’s death so that the rule of law could run its course, today we would reiterate that call to all those who were part of the inner circle and who remain at large,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

A Red Notice issued at the request of the ICC for the former director of military intelligence Abdullah Al-Senussi remains in effect. INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit based it its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, is liaising with both the ICC and INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Tripoli to ensure that all relevant intelligence in relation to Al-Senussi and other wanted individuals is pooled and regularly updated.

In addition, FIS has issued an alert to all NCBs throughout Africa urging member countries to maintain vigilance at border crossing points for any of the wanted persons attempting to travel.”

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ICC seeks forensic proof of death before withdrawing Gaddafi arrest warrant

October 24, 2011

Guardian on October 21, 2011 released the following:

By: Julian Borger

“International criminal court turns its attention to pursuing other Libyan regime members

The international criminal court has said it would not withdraw its arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi until it has forensic proof that he is dead.

In practice, the ICC and Interpol changed the focus of their attention to the two other regime members facing arrest warrants for crimes against humanity: Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, and his intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, whose whereabouts were the subject of conflicting reports.

An ICC spokesman, Fadi El-Abdallah, said that some form of DNA evidence taken from Gaddafi’s body would probably be necessary to close the case, and it was up to the new authorities in Tripoli to provide that evidence to the court.

As one possible precedent, he mentioned the case of Raska Lukwiya, a commander of the rebel Lords Resistance Army in Uganda indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2005, who was killed in combat in 2007. His identity was confirmed by the help of Dutch forensic scientists.

In the case of Libya, the National Transitional Council had vowed to try Gaddafi and members of his regime inside the country, but there were some reports yesterday that at least one other ICC suspect, Senussi, had fled in Niger. That country’s foreign minister Mohammed Bazoum, has said that his government had been told by unnamed western nations that Senussi had crossed into the sparsely inhabited north of Niger. Other reports said that the intelligence chief, who is also Gaddafi’s brother-in-law, had been captured in Libya.

There were also conflicting accounts over whether Seif al-Islam had been captured, killed or was also trying to leave the country. Interpol appealed for him to turn himself in, and offered to guarantee safe passage to The Hague.

The ICC chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, is still investigating claims of atrocities committed in Libya, but officials said it was possible it would look into the circumstances of the deaths of Gaddafi and his Mutassim.”

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INTERPOL and ICC urge Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in − call for his safe passage to The Hague

October 21, 2011

INTERPOL on October 20, 2011 released the following:

Colonel Gaddafi death increases pressure on Red Notice subject who remains at large

LYON, France – Following the confirmation by the National Transitional Council of Colonel Gaddafi’s death, INTERPOL and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have called for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in. Both institutions will coordinate with INTERPOL member countries to provide safe passage to The Hague where he is wanted for crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and the Prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo today urged the former Libyan leader’s son Saif to give himself up and for the national authorities of the country where he is hiding to guarantee and facilitate his safe transfer to the Netherlands to face justice.

“Following my discussions with Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo, we agree that it is in the best interests of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi as well as in the interests of justice that he surrender himself as swiftly as possible and face the charges levelled against him,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Since our assistance was first requested, INTERPOL has been cooperating with both the ICC and the National Transitional Council of Libya to ensure that those individuals wanted for a range of serious crimes are located, apprehended and brought to justice,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

“Colonel Gaddafi will not be able answer to the crimes levelled against him, which makes it even more important that those who were part of his inner circle and who remain at large are captured and face their accusers so that the rule of law can run its course.

“We therefore call on all member countries to work with the ICC and INTERPOL to see that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is safely delivered to The Hague once he surrenders,” concluded the leader of the world police body.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit based at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France will continue to liaise closely with the ICC, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Tripoli and all other 187 member countries to locate the other remaining Red Notice subjects.

INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre remains available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to facilitate any communications between Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi or any person sought for arrest by the ICC and the relevant law enforcement authorities.”

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Gaddafi son denies Interpol allegations

October 3, 2011

The Times of India on October 3, 2011 released the following:

“TRIPOLI: Muammar Gaddafi’s son, al-Saadi, denied allegations of corruption and intimidation and called Interpol’s decision to put him on the equivalent of its most-wanted list political, according to an email.

Al-Saadi Gaddafi is under house arrest in Libyan neighbor Niger, where he fled after Tripoli fell to revolutionary forces. His father and two of his brothers are in hiding, presumably inside Libya, as fighting between revolutionary forces and Gaddafi loyalists continues on three fronts.

Al-Saadi “regrets the issue of a red notice by Interpol and strenuously denies the charges made against him,” an email forwarded Sunday to The Associated Press said.

Interpol issued a red notice for al-Saadi last week based on accusations he misappropriated property and engaged in “armed intimidation” when he headed the Libyan Football Federation. He also was a special forces commander and is the subject of UN sanctions for commanding military units involved in repression of demonstrations.

The international police agency said the notice was issued in response to a request by the Libya’s National Transitional Council, which has assumed leadership of the North African nation. Niger, which borders Libya on the south and long benefited from Gaddafi’s largesse, has said it would study the question.

In the email, al-Saadi called the Interpol notice a “clear political decision to recognize the de jure authority of the National Transitional Council taken without appropriate regard to the current absence of a functioning, effective and fair system of justice in Libya.”

It said al-Saadi “worked tirelessly to promote football in Libya, priding himself on the fact that Libya was formerly selected to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.” It added that Gaddafi’s son “continues to call on all sides to seek a negotiated and peaceful resolution to the present conflict.”

The South African Football Association has signed an agreement with Libya’s post-Gaddafi football federation to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations, while Libya will stage the 2017 games.

The email was relayed to the AP on Sunday by defense attorney Nick Kaufman, who has been involved in a number of international criminal cases. Kaufman said he was contacted by an intermediary he identified as al-Saadi’s press secretary, Jackie Frazier.

Al-Saadi fled to Niger in mid-September along with several other regime loyalists, including some generals.

Interpol also has issued red notices for Muammar Gaddafi and his son Seif al-Islam upon request by the Hague-based International Criminal Court. Both men have been charged with crimes against humanity.

Interpol had urged authorities in Niger and surrounding countries — and those with direct flights to Niger — to watch out for and arrest Gaddafi “with a view to returning him to Libya” for prosecution.

Interpol’s red notices are the highest-level alerts they can issue to their member countries. The notices do not force countries to turn over suspects but strongly urge them to, and countries who ignore such notices can come under pressure from the international community.

Gadhafi’s eight adult children have played influential roles in Libya, from commanding an elite military unit to controlling the oil sector. Al-Saadi, 38, headed the Libyan Football Federation, and at one point played in Italy’s professional league but spent most of his time on the bench.

Another Gadhafi son is with his daughter Aisha and wife in neighboring Algeria — along with other family members — while Khamis Gaddafi, who led the Khamis Brigade that fought in the west, was reportedly killed in battle, although that was never confirmed.

Libya’s new rulers have gained control of most of the country, but revolutionary forces still face fierce resistance in Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, Bani Walid and pockets in the southern desert. NATO recent extended its mission, although the top US commander for Africa said Saturday that the military mission is largely complete.

Army Gen Carter Ham, head of US Africa command said that the National Transitional Council and its forces should be in “reasonable control” of population centers before the end of the NATO mission, dubbed Unified Protector. And he said they are close to that now.”

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INTERPOL issues Red Notice for Assaadi Gaddafi at Libya’s request

September 30, 2011

INTERPOL on September 29, 2011 released the following:

Red Notice is first such notice requested by Libya since Transitional National Council came to power

LYON, France – INTERPOL has published a Red Notice for Assaadi Gaddafi after Libyan authorities requested an internationally-wanted persons notice against the son of ousted Libyan leader Col Gaddafi for allegedly misappropriating properties through force and armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.

With INTERPOL confirming reports that Assaadi Gaddafi, aged 38, was last seen in Niger, the Red Notice for the Libyan national represents a regional and international alert to countries neighbouring Libya and Niger, and those with travel connections to Niger, to seek their help in locating and arresting Assaadi Gaddafi, with a view to returning him to Libya where an arrest warrant for him has been issued by the General Attorney at the Office of the Public Prosecutor.

As the Commander of military units allegedly involved in the repression of demonstrations by civilians during Libya’s uprising, Assaadi Gaddafi is also subject to a United Nations travel ban and assets freeze issued in March this year.

“The INTERPOL Red Notice against Assaadi Gaddafi will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders. It is a powerful tool that will help authorities locate and arrest him,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“This first Red Notice issued at the request of Libya since the Transitional National Council came to power is a compelling demonstration of the commitment of Libya’s new authorities to work with the world police community.”

“INTERPOL will continue to offer Libya’s Transitional National Council the full support of its global resources and services and is asking its member countries in the region to take all measures to apprehend Assaadi Gaddafi,” added the head of INTERPOL.

The publication of the INTERPOL Red Notice for Assaadi Gaddafi will see INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit and its Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat closely liaise with its National Central Bureaus in the region and worldwide to pool and update all relevant intelligence to ensure that the Libyan national is located, arrested and returned to Libya to face the serious charges against him.

Earlier this month INTERPOL issued Red Notices for Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and former director of military intelligence Abdullah Al-Senussi after the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, requested the world police body to issue internationally-wanted persons notices against the Libyan nationals for alleged crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.

Since March 2011, through the publication that month of Orange Notice global alerts against Colonel Gaddafi and other Libyan nationals, including his son Assaadi Gaddafi and other members of his family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011) imposing a travel ban and assets freeze on the individuals.”

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Interpol Widens Net in Hunt for Qaddafi and Sons

September 29, 2011

The New York Times on September 29, 2011 released the following:

“By KAREEM FAHIM and RICK GLADSTONE

TRIPOLI, Libya — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the fugitive former Libyan leader toppled from power a month ago, is likely to have taken refuge near the Algerian border under the protection of sympathetic nomadic tribesmen who have fought for him, an official of the new Libyan government said Wednesday.

On Thursday, Interpol also widened its net for members of his family.

The government official said Colonel Qaddafi’s son and heir apparent, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, was likely to be hiding in the loyalist desert enclave of Bani Walid, and that a second son, Muatassim el-Qaddafi, a militia commander and former national security adviser, was probably in Surt, the Qaddafi clan’s hometown on the Mediterranean coast.

On Thursday, Interpol, the international police agency based in Lyon, France, placed a third son, Saadi el-Qaddafi, 38, on the equivalent of its most wanted list, publishing what it called a Red Notice for him to be sought on charges of “allegedly misappropriating properties through force and armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.”

In a statement, Interpol said it had confirmed reported that Colonel Qaddafi’s third son who had a reputation for dissolute behavior as a soccer player in Italy was last seen in Niger. Interpol said the alert was the first to be issued at the request of Libya’s Transitional National Council.

Previous such alerts for Colonel Qaddafi himself and members of his family and entourage were issued at the request of the International Criminal Court, where they are accused of crimes against humanity, Interpol said.

The Interpol statement said the younger Mr. Qaddafi had commanded military units “allegedly involved in the repression of demonstrations by civilians during Libya’s uprising” and, since March, had been subject to a United Nations travel ban and a freeze on his assets. Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble was quoted as saying the Red Notice would “significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders” and would enable neighboring countries to arrest him with a view to returning him to Libya.

Armed supporters of Colonel Qaddafi in Bani Walid and Surt have defied demands for surrender by anti-Qaddafi forces who have besieged both towns. And despite days of bombardment by NATO warplanes, the colonel’s loyalists, with a seemingly plentiful supply of ammunition, have repelled repeated advances. On Wednesday, anti-Qaddafi commanders sent at least five tanks into Surt; they quickly came under fire by Grad rockets, which barely missed the tanks, Reuters reported.

The fierce resistance has helped fuel the speculation that senior Qaddafi family members are hiding in the two towns. In recent weeks, military commanders from Misurata, who have led the fight to take Surt, have said that they have heard Muatassim el-Qaddafi’s voice on radio transmissions, and witnesses have told anti-Qaddafi fighters that Seif al-Islam has been seen in Bani Walid.

The latest information about Colonel Qaddafi and his two sons was reported by Hisham Buhagiar, a military official in the Transitional National Council, in an interview with Reuters.

He said Colonel Qaddafi, who has not appeared in public since his opponents overran Tripoli in late August and drove him underground, was sheltering near the western town of Ghadamis, near the border with Algeria, under the protection of the Tuaregs, tribesmen who roam the Sahara traversing Libya and its neighboring nations.

Mr. Buhagiar did not explain the sources of his information. Previous assertions by the Transitional National Council about their whereabouts have not proved accurate.

The council’s political leaders continued their efforts to try to form a working government, a process that has stalled amid in-fighting and regional rivalries. A list of cabinet members released unofficially on Wednesday by a person with knowledge of the deliberations included prominent names from the eastern city of Benghazi and seemed intended to placate leaders from that region, but it was not clear whether former rebels from other areas would be satisfied.

A powerful Tripoli militia leader, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, warned that Islamists should not be ignored in the new government.

Mr. Belhaj, a former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, wrote in The Guardian on Tuesday: “What worries us is the attempt of some secular elements to isolate and ignore others. Libya’s Islamists have announced their commitment to democracy; despite this, some reject their participation and call for them to be marginalized.

“We will not allow this.””

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INTERPOL issues Red Notice for arrest of Muammar Gaddafi at request of International Criminal Court

September 9, 2011

INTERPOL on September 9, 2011 released the following:

Issuance is first step to INTERPOL formally recognizing Transitional National Council as leading Libya

LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued Red Notices for Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and former director of military intelligence Abdullah Al-Senussi after the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, requested the world police body to issue internationally wanted persons notices against the Libyan nationals for alleged crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.

The publication of INTERPOL Red Notices for the three men is part of INTERPOL’s collaboration with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC to assist cooperating member countries in their efforts to enforce the arrest warrants issued by the ICC.

The Red Notices have been circulated to all of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries and include essential identifying and judicial information.

In addition to the publication of the Red Notices, INTERPOL is offering the full support of its Command and Coordination Centre and asking its member countries to take all measures consistent with their national laws to help the ICC locate and apprehend Gaddafi.

“Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo’s request for INTERPOL Red Notices will significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders and is a powerful tool to help in their location and arrest,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“As far as INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters is concerned, Muammar Gaddafi is a fugitive whose country of nationality and the International Criminal Court want arrested and held accountable for the serious criminal charges that have been brought against him.

“INTERPOL will cooperate with and assist the ICC and Libyan authorities represented by the Interim Transitional National Council of Libya to apprehend Muammar Gaddafi,” added Secretary General Noble.

The publication of INTERPOL Red Notices for Gaddafi and the other two Libyan nationals will see INTERPOL’s specialized Fugitive Investigation Support unit at its General Secretariat closely liaise with its National Central Bureaus worldwide to pool and update all relevant intelligence to ensure that they are located, arrested and surrendered to the ICC.

“Arresting Gaddafi is a matter of time. By requesting an INTERPOL Red Notice the ICC ensures that the arrest warrant for Gaddafi is in the hands of law enforcement around the world,” said Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo.

Since INTERPOL and the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC signed a cooperation agreement in 2004, INTERPOL has worked closely with the ICC. In addition to the Red Notices now issued for these three Libyan nationals, there are currently seven valid Red Notices issued at the request of the ICC.

Since March 2011, through the publication of Orange Notice global alerts against Colonel Gaddafi and other Libyan nationals, including members of his family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011).”

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