Libya cooperates with ICC as it seeks to try QadhafiListen /
The Libyan government is cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to its Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who has spoken to UN Radio after briefing the Security Council on Wednesday.
Last year her office requested arrest warrants for Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi, his late father, Muammar Qadhafi, and the former intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi for crimes against humanity committed in Libya since 15 February 2011.
The crimes are related to the violent suppression of the popular uprising that overthrew Qadhafi who ruled Libya for over four decades.
Ms. Bensouda says that Libyan authorities are cooperating with the ICC as its pre-trial Chamber looks into their request that Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi should stand trial in Libya.
"So far the cooperation that we are getting from Libya is a good one. They are working very closely with us. They are giving us the information that we request. They are allowing our investigators to go into the field and all the necessary steps that they need to take to assist with our own investigations in Libya. So I am hoping that if the Chamber should decide that Libya is not actually in a position to try this case and that it is admissible before the ICC, Libya will still respect that." (Duration: 29")
Ms. Bensouda says that the Libyan authorities are using the Rome Statute which established the ICC to challenge the admissibility of Qadhafi's case before the Court.