ICC Prosecutor to brief UN Security Council on investigation in Libya: "the protection of civilians will only come with the arrest of those most responsible for the most serious crimes"

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The Hague, 28 April 2011

From May 2 to 5, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will be in New York. Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1970, on 4 May the Prosecutor will report to the Council on progress made in the investigations regarding the situation in Libya where he opened an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Prosecutor will also update the Council on the Office's next steps including a possible request to judges to issue arrest warrants against those who appear to bear the greatest responsibility for crimes committed in Libya.

UN Security Council Resolution 1970, adopted on 26 February 2011 referred the Libya situation to the ICC. The Resolution considered "that the widespread and systematic attacks taking place in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya against the civilian population may amount to crimes against humanity."
The Office of the Prosecutor conducted a preliminary examination and concluded that an investigation into the situation should be opened.

The Office announced the opening of the investigation in Libya on 3 March 2011. The first case under investigation focuses on crimes against humanity committed against civilians since 15 February 2011. Allegations of war crimes committed by different parties will be further investigated. The Office will act with absolute impartiality.

The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

For more information, please contact:

In New York Ms. Florence Olara OTP Public Information Officer +31 (0)70 515 8723 (office) +31 (0) 6 5029 4476 (mobile)

The Hague OTP News Desk +31 70 515 8945 Source: Office of the Prosecutor