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ICC prosecutor reports Libyan war crime suspects remain free despite warrants

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told [text] the UN Security Council Wednesday that Libyan National Army Major Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli has not yet been arrested by Libyan national authorities, despite [press release] an ICC warrant issued in August 2017.

The warrant for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli was issued after he was accused of executing 33 Libyans. It is also believed that he executed an additional 10 people in January. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, the former head of the Libyan Internal Security Agency, also remain free despite warrants for their arrest.

Bensouda called upon the Libyan national authorities to act upon the warrants. She stated that "[w]ithout arrests, both the cause of international criminal justice in Libya and the very raison d'ĂȘtre of UN Security Council Resolution 1970 (2011) will be undermined."

There have been ongoing accusations of war crimes in Libya since the Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. Amnesty International accused [JURIST report] militias in Libya of committing human rights abuses and war crimes in October 2014. The ICC announced [JURIST report] it would significantly expand investigations in Libya in November 2016. Human Rights Watch accused [JURIST report] members of the Libyan National Army of committing war crimes in March 217.

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