International prosecutors: No Libya probe yet

February 23, 2011 14:16


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THE HAGUE, Netherlands— The International Criminal Court on Wednesday said it cannot prosecute alleged crimes against humanity in Libya without an order from the UN Security Council or a request from Libya itself.

Prosecutors at the world's first permanent war crimes court said they have no jurisdiction in Libya because the North African country never signed the 1998 treaty creating the tribunal.

Only the Security Council can instruct the court to intervene against Libya's will.

Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said "the decision to do justice in Libya should be taken by the Libyan people."

The statement Wednesday came a day after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said widespread and systematic attacks against civilians "may amount to crimes against humanity."

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