Malta: would send Gaddafi to ICC if he flees to island

August 22, 2011 13:26


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VALLETTA - Malta said on Monday that if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi or other senior Libyan government officials tried to escape to the Mediterranean island, it would immediately send them to the International Criminal Court.

Several international media reports had spoken of Malta as a possible destination for Gaddafi, whose whereabouts on Monday morning were unknown.

"Should Colonel Gaddafi or any wanted Libyan government officials come to Malta, they will be arrested and transferred immediately to The Hague", a Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters.

Prime Minister Lawrence  Gonzi reiterated Malta's support for the rebuilding of Libya as a modern, democratic country based on freedom, justice and human rights in a phone call to Mahmoud Jibril, chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council.

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