ICC Prosecutor Seeks Libya Arrest Warrants

Muammar Gaddafi gestures as he speaks at a Tripoli hotel in this still image from a video by Libyan TV released May 11, 2011.  REUTERS/Libyan TV via Reuters TV

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he will seek arrest warrants next week for three people considered responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo did not reveal the names of the suspects in his statement Friday, but Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is expected to top the list. Those charged will face accusations of murder and persecution.

The ICC prosecutor said investigators have collected “extensive and solid evidence” after 30 missions to 11 countries, more than 50 interviews and the review of videos and photographs that show “widespread and systematic attacks” against Libya’s civilian population by the country’s security forces.

Since February, Colonel Gadhafi’s forces have led a brutal crackdown against anti-government demonstrators.

NATO is enforcing a U.N. Security Council Resolution to protect civilians and enforce a no-fly zone and an arms embargo on Libya. There were reports of more coalition air strikes Friday.  It is unclear if there were any casualties.

U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting with visiting NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Friday to discuss the coalition’s ongoing operations in Libya.

Meanwhile, a delegation from Libya’s Transitional National Council is holding talks with U.S. officials in Washington Friday, a day after getting a major political boost from Britain.

The opposition group members are meeting national security adviser Tom Donilon and other senior U.S. officials. Council head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil says the group is seeking political recognition.

On Thursday, Britain invited the rebel group to open an office in the country. British leaders also promised to provide the Libyan opposition with more communications equipment, bulletproof vests and uniforms.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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