UN / LIBYA ICC

08-May-2019 00:02:40
The International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council that her office “stands ready to investigate, and where appropriate, to prosecute” any persons party to the ongoing armed conflict in Libya, “should they engage in conduct constituting a crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / LIBYA ICC
TRT: 02:40
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 08 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters
2. Pan right, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court's (ICC):
“My Office stands ready to investigate and, where appropriate, to prosecute any persons party to the ongoing armed conflict should they engage in conduct constituting a crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC.”
4. Wide shot, Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court's (ICC):
“All parties to the armed conflict must take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and detention centres. In particular, I urged commanders, whether military or civilian, to ensure that their subordinates do not commit Rome Statute crimes. The law on this is clear. Where a commander knew, or should have known, that their subordinates were committing or about to commit crimes and failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures within his or her power to prevent or repress such crimes, the commander may be held criminally responsible.”
7. Wide shot, Bensouda addressing Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court's (ICC):
“The status quo is not sustainable. Impunity for atrocity crimes is hardly, is hardly conducive to bringing peace and stability to this war-torn country. I take this opportunity to renew my call for state cooperation with the arrest and transfer of ICC suspects, and ask this Council to lend its support by taking a clear and vocal position in support.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations:
“The Government of National Accord stresses its full commitment to Security Council resolution 1970 of 2011, especially the mandate of the ICC as stated in said resolution. The Government of National Accord, the only legitimate government established based on the Shkirat Agreement hopes that the Council will place the situation in Libya at the top of its priority list, through continuous coordination with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Ghassan Salamé, to achieve peace, security and to overcome the current impasse.”
11. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, today (8 May) told the Security Council that her office “stands ready to investigate, and where appropriate, to prosecute” any persons party to the ongoing armed conflict in Libya, “should they engage in conduct constituting a crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC.”

Bensouda said, “all parties to the armed conflict must take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and detention centres.”

In particular, she urged commanders, “whether military or civilian, to ensure that their subordinates do not commit Rome Statute crimes.”

The ICC Prosecutor said that the law was clear in this regard, “where a commander knew, or should have known, that their subordinates were committing or about to commit crimes and failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures within his or her power to prevent or repress such crimes, the commander may be held criminally responsible.”

Regarding the outstanding arrest warrants for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled and
Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, she said “the status quo is not sustainable.”

Bensouda said, “impunity for atrocity crimes is hardly, is hardly conducive to bringing peace and stability to this war-torn country. I take this opportunity to renew my call for state cooperation with the arrest and transfer of ICC suspects, and ask this Council to lend its support by taking a clear and vocal position in support.”

Libyan Ambassador Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, stressed that his government is fully committed to Security Council resolution 1970 (2011) which establishes the ICC mandate on Libya.

He said, “the Government of National Accord, the only legitimate government established based on the Shkirat Agreement hopes that the Council will place the situation in Libya at the top of its priority list.”

Bensouda appeared before the Council in New York, despite the revocation of her visa by the United States on 4 April over her Office’s investigation of US military personnel in Afghanistan.
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