Libya says to wind up Gaddafi son investigation soon

May 2, 2012 08:24

AMSTERDAM - Libya said on Tuesday it would complete its investigation into Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, within weeks for crimes including murder and torture, and asked the International Criminal Court once again to hold off ordering his surrender.

Libya's government and the war crimes court - which indicted Saif al-Islam in June for crimes against humanity stemming from the crackdown on last year's revolt - have argued for months over where he should be tried.

Tripoli considers it a matter of national pride and a measure of the country's transformation for Saif al-Islam's trial to be held in Libya.

But human rights groups question whether its justice system can meet the standards of international law and say he should be handed over to the ICC instead.

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