Monday, 27 June 2011

ICC arrest warrant for Gadhafi

Arrest warrants have been issued by the International Criminal Court for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanussi. They are being charged with crimes against humanity. While this will not by any means result in Gadhafi's arrest, it is only the second time that charges such as these have been issued while a conflict is still taking place, the first time being in 2007 for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. Furthermore, politically this shows that Gadhafi has become and will continue to become increasingly isolated politically. 

Gadhafi and his family have chosen to ignore the warrants, but this does not mean that their will be no consequences. The arrest warrants limit the options for Gadhafi in terms of how and when he can flee or visit countries who are party to the ICC. What the consequences of this warrant truly are is yet to be seen.

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