It was only a matter of time before the international community found a way to make Gadhafi’s crazy behind pay for killing the people that simply don’t want him to be president anymore.
The International Criminal Court has officially issued a warrant for Gadhafi’s arrest… but that’s probably not going to mean much.
The court ruled that there was enough evidence to grant a request for the warrants by the court’s chief prosecutor, who has said he has evidence that links Gadhafi and two relatives to “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians as part of their effort to hold on to power.
Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he has evidence linking Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanussi to crimes against humanity in their attempt to put down a months-long revolt.
Saif al-Islam is a close adviser to his father, while al-Sanussi serves as Gadhafi’s head of intelligence.
Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim has previously denied the allegations and criticized what he said were incoherent conclusions of the prosecutor’s office.
This is not the first time that the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a country’s leader in the midst of a conflict. The court issued a warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2007, while conflict simmered in that country’s western Darfur region.
Moreno-Ocampo told CNN shortly after filing his request with the court that he had evidence that revealed Saif al-Islam organized the recruitment of mercenaries to defend the regime and al-Sanussi participated in attacks on demonstrators.
Authorities believe Gadhafi ordered attacks on unarmed civilians, he told CNN, and al-Sanussi is “his right-hand man, the executioner.”
Libya did not sign the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court and has indicated it would ignore the prosecution move.
Soooo… is any of this going to cost American taxpayers money? Because if it is, we’re cool. No need to take this any further.