International Criminal Court to Issue Gadhafi Warrant Decision

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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International Criminal Court judges are scheduled to decide next week whether Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will face arrest for crimes against humanity.

The court announced on Thursday that a hearing will take place in The Hague on Monday. An ICC prosecutor has asked for arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the head of Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi.

The court's plans came as Mr. Gadhafi vowed to continue fighting, as he denounced NATO for airstrikes that caused civilian casualties.

Mr. Gadhafi said in an audio statement broadcast late Wednesday that NATO states are “murderers” who have “killed our children and grandchildren.”

NATO acknowledged an airstrike on Sunday that caused civilian casualties and one on Friday that hit a column of rebel military vehicles.

Mr. Gadhafi's remarks came after France and Britain rejected an Italian call for a halt to military action in order to allow aid access.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini Wednesday called for a suspension in fighting so aid corridors could be set up.

Rebels fighting Mr. Gadhafi's forces have taken over much of the eastern half of the country. They also control pockets in the west, including the vital port city of Misrata, about 200 kilometers from the capital, Tripoli.