UN / ICC LIBYA

08-Nov-2023 00:03:25
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Ahmad Khan, told the Security Council that since the implementation of the renewed strategy for action on the situation in Libya in April of 2022, the ICC has “continued to accelerate” investigative activities and expects to complete them by the end of 2025. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ICC LIBYA
TRT: 03:25
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 08 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

08 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“We have continued to accelerate our investigative activities the team has undertaken in this reporting period, over 15 missions in three regions, collecting over 4,000 items of evidence. This includes video evidence, audio material, forensic information, satellite imagery, as well as conducting numerous witness screenings and witness interviews.”
5. Wide shot, dais
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“I am of the view that the results of this new strategic approach are significant and are clearly discernible. But as we continue to build on this momentum, it is critical that my office continues to proactively and meaningfully engage with this Council, with the Government of Libya, and of course with survivors, to begin to chart a path that leads to the successful completion of our investigative activities in relation to the situation as a whole.”
7. Med shot, dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“It is my intention, inshala, to work in the next six months with relevant key stakeholders to prepare a plan for the completion of activities by the office pursuant to resolution 1970, and I hope and will aim to be able to complete investigative activities in relation to the key lines of inquiry that I have previously detailed, by the end of 2025.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. Med shot, Libyan Ambassador Taher El Sonni addressing Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher El Sonni, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Libya:
“Although we appreciate the efforts of Mr. Khan and his team, but honestly, there is nothing new to be said. For the Libyan people, they believe that the Libyan file before the ICC is stagnant and has been stagnant for years, not just during your mandate Mr. Khan, even during the mandate of your predecessors. They feel that maybe it's deliberate that this situation is is constant and ongoing. Or maybe it's politicized. Therefore, the Libyan people are wondering where are the results of the ICC after all these years after all these investigations, the exchange of information and evidence as mentioned in your reports.”
12. Wide shot, end of briefing
13. Wide shot, ambassadors at Council stakeout podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Riccarda Christiana Chanda, Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Switzerland:
“We recognize the efforts made by the Prosecutor's office to advance the implementation of the renewed strategy for action on the situation in Libya, submitted in April of 2022. In particular, we welcome the significant progress made in the four lines of inquiry identified in the strategy and notes that the Office anticipates to be in a position to outline a potential roadmap for the completion of its activities on resolution 1970 in its next report.”
15. Pan right, ambassadors walk away
STORYLINE
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Ahmad Khan, today (8 Nov) told the Security Council that since the implementation of the renewed strategy for action on the situation in Libya in April of 2022, the ICC has “continued to accelerate” investigative activities and expects to complete them by the end of 2025.

Khan said the Office has conducted “over 15 missions in three regions, collecting over 4,000 items of evidence” during the reporting period, including “video evidence, audio material, forensic information, satellite imagery, as well as conducting numerous witness screenings and witness interviews.”

The Prosecutor said, “I am of the view that the results of this new strategic approach are significant and are clearly discernible. But as we continue to build on this momentum, it is critical that my office continues to proactively and meaningfully engage with this Council, with the Government of Libya, and of course with survivors, to begin to chart a path that leads to the successful completion of our investigative activities in relation to the situation as a whole.”

He said, “it is my intention, inshala, to work in the next six months with relevant key stakeholders to prepare a plan for the completion of activities by the office pursuant to resolution 1970, and I hope and will aim to be able to complete investigative activities in relation to the key lines of inquiry that I have previously detailed, by the end of 2025.”

Libyan Ambassador Taher El Sonni, for his part said, “although we appreciate the efforts of Mr. Khan and his team, but honestly, there is nothing new to be said. For the Libyan people, they believe that the Libyan file before the ICC is stagnant and has been stagnant for years, not just during your mandate Mr. Khan, even during the mandate of your predecessors. They feel that maybe it's deliberate that this situation is is constant and ongoing. Or maybe it's politicized. Therefore, the Libyan people are wondering where are the results of the ICC after all these years after all these investigations, the exchange of information and evidence as mentioned in your reports.”

Speaking to reporters on behalf of current and incoming Council members parties to the Rome Statute, Switzerland representative Riccarda Christiana Chanda recognized “the efforts made by the Prosecutor's office to advance the implementation of the renewed strategy for action on the situation in Libya, submitted in April of 2022.”

In particular, Chanda said, “we welcome the significant progress made in the four lines of inquiry identified in the strategy and notes that the Office anticipates to be in a position to outline a potential roadmap for the completion of its activities on resolution 1970 in its next report.”

The ICC investigations, opened in March 2011, focus on alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the context of the situation in Libya since 15 February 2011.
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