The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for embattled Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The warrant also asks that Gadhafi’s son and the countries intelligence director also be brought before the court.
According to ICC judges, the three men used “murder” and “persecution” to secure their power and remain in office.
The warrant is meant to ensure that Gadhafi will not be able to take part in any type of “power-sharing agreement” that could be put in place to end fighting between his own regime and rebel forces.
According to judges Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, Sylvia Steiner and Cuno Tarfusser:
“Libyan Security Forces, which encompass units of the security and military systems, carried out throughout Libya—and in particular in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi as well as in cities near Benghazi such as al-Bayda, Derna, Tobruk and Ajdabiya—an attack against the civilian population taking part in demonstrations against Gadhafi’s regime or those perceived to be dissidents, killing and injuring as well as arresting and imprisoning hundreds of civilians.”
While the move has been applauded by most humanitarian efforts in the area an actual arrest is not expected any time soon since it is not part of NATO’s mandate and they simple don’t have enough troops on the ground to get the job done.