Qadhafi's inner circle urged to help with arrests

Muammar Qadhafi

Muammar Qadhafi

The government in Tripoli is being asked to help arrest the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and two collaborators after arrest warrants were issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Luis Moreno Ocampo the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC said Qadhafi, his son and an intelligence chief, are responsible for the murder of civilians and the persecution of alleged dissidents.

Libya has been a member of the United Nations since 1955 so it has an obligation to assist the Court, according to Ocampo.

"The Court will notify the Libyan government based in Tripoli of its decision. The first option is Qadhafi's inner circle. They can implement the arrest warrant. They have to choose to be part of the problem and risk being prosecuted or be part of the solution."

Ocampo says the other solution is for the Interim National Council, formed by opposition groups in Libya, to implement the arrest warrant.

He also made clear that international forces like NATO did not have any mandate to carry out the arrest and that the Court is not asking them to do so.

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