Interpol, the international police force, has issued a “red notice” for Moammar Gadhafi, his son Saif Al-islam Gadhafi, and Abdullah Al-Senussi, Gadhafi’s chief intelligence officer.
The red notices, Interpol’s top priority arrest warrant, say that the three men are wanted for crimes against humanity and murder.
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Gadhafi earlier this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, persuaded Interpol to issue the red notices.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said:
“Moammar Gadhafi is a fugitive whose country of nationality and the International Criminal Court want arrested and held accountable for the serious criminal charges that have been brought against him.”
Interpol said that the red notices were issued because the organization is recognizing Libya’s transitional National Council as the leading authority in Libya.
The red notices will make it extremely difficult for Gadhafi and his men to cross international borders and should help Interpol to locate and arrest the former Libyan leader.
CNN reports that leading officials in France believe that Gadhafi is still within the borders of Libya, but US officials aren’t as sure.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said:
“I don’t have any information as to exactly where he’s located.”
Officials fear that Gadhafi may have already entered neighboring Niger, where he will be given sanctuary.