ICC: Seif al-Islam Gaddafi Trial Location Undecided

On Monday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) denied that it has decided to set the trial of  Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi‘s son, in Libya.  The ICC contradicted a previous announcement by Libya’s Justice Minister Ali H’mida Ashur that the ICC accepted to try Seif al-Islam in Libya.  Seif al-Islam is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity, allegedly committed during the upheaval in Libya . In the 2012 World Report , Human Rights Watch said that Libya’s interim government and its international supporters, should make it an urgent priority to build a functioning justice system, and begin legal reform that protects human rights.

Meanwhile, instability continues in Libya.  A former member of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), M’barek al-Fotmani, reported “The loyalists of Qaddafi took control of the entire city of Bani Walid,” after fighting with the militias loyal to the NTC.