World Bulletin / News Desk
International judges on Monday unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of carrying out war crimes in 2011 to quash opposition to late dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
The announcement comes as the court is still in a legal tug-of-war with Libyan authorities to transfer Kadhafi's jailed son Seif al-Islam to the tribunal in The Hague to face trial for crimes against humanity.
The warrant against Khaled says that between February and August 2011, the military, intelligence and security agencies carried out attacks on the civilian population "in furtherance of a policy designed by the Libyan state to quash the political opposition to the Kadhafi regime by any means".
That included "lethal force and by arresting, detaining, torturing and abusing perceived political opponents".
Prisoners across Libya "were subjected to various forms of mistreatment, including severe beatings, electrocution, acts of sexual violence and rape, solitary confinement" as well as mock executions.
As head of the agency from February to August 2011, Khaled "had the authority to implement Kadhafi's orders," it added.
The prosecutor's office asked for the warrant to be made public as it "may facilitate (his) arrest and surrender as all states will then be aware of its existence," the court said.
Born in the Janzour area of Libya, west of Tripoli, in 1942, Khaled was known by several aliases, and had "at least 10 different passports, some issued under other identities," the warrant says.
According to Libyan media, he was arrested in Cairo in April 2012, but was released again as there was no warrant against him. Since then he is believed to have dropped out of sight.
The warrant appeals to the authorities in Egypt to co-operate with the court's request for his arrest and surrender.
Although Libya is not a party to the Rome Statute which underpins the ICC, the UN Security Council unanimously mandated the tribunal to investigate abuses in the country in February 2011.
It was then still under the rule of longtime leader Kadhafi, who was killed months later by rebels in a NATO-backed uprising.Last Mod: 24 Nisan 2017, 23:39