June 28 - A day after announcing arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the International Criminal Court says it is investigating rapes and other crimes and may issue more warrants. Lindsey Parietti reports.
The International Criminal Court is investigating rape cases and other crimes occurring in Libyan detention centers. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the court could issue more warrants in addition to those announced Monday for Gaddafi, his son and his intelligence chief. He also said Libyan security forces are responsible for arresting the leaders. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) PROSECUTOR, LUIS MORENO-OCAMPO SAYING: "Libya is not a state party to the Rome Statute. But it is a member of the United Nations since 1955. So Libya has to comply with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970 which specifically states that Libyan authorities shall cooperate fully with and provide any necessary assistance to the court and the prosecutor." The men are accused of crimes against humanity and are implicated in the killing of civilian protesters. Unlike Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the only other sitting head of state to have an ICC warrant against him, the prosecutor said he was confident Gaddafi would soon be brought to trial. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) PROSECUTOR, LUIS MORENO-OCAMPO SAYING: "Gaddafi's case is different. There is consensus about that. So I think. I don't think we will have to wait a lot. I think if we have enough energy within the states in two or three months is game over." Despite ruling the country for four decades, Gaddafi has often said he cannot step down as he holds no official position. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters