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ICC to investigate NATO over 'war crimes' in Libya

November 3, 2011 - Tripoli

The International Criminal Court will investigate NATO forces over the allegations of crime committed during the Libyan battle to ouster Muammar Gaddafi.

The Hague-based court's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the United Nations that NATO troops would be investigated alongside rebel soldiers and regime forces for alleged breaches.

"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," The Telegraph quoted Moreno-Ocampo, as saying.

In the last weeks of the war, the Gaddafi regime alleged that 85 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike near Ziltan town.

Khaled Hemidi, a regime general, filed a lawsuit before a Belgian civil court in Brussels accusing NATO of killing his wife and three children in an air strike on June 20 near the town of Surman.

Moreno-Ocampo has said that the 'allegations will be examined impartially and independently by the prosecution'.

Meanwhile, Moreno-Ocampo also said that reports continued to emerge that Gaddafi's son, Saif, is trying to flee Libya with the help of mercenaries.

He added that his organisation had "received questions from individuals linked to Saif al-Islam about the legal conditions attaching to his potential surrender".


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