ICC Prosecutor says crimes against humanity charges against Gaddafi are certain. 25 Mar 2011
The International Criminal Court prosecutor has said he is "one hundred per cent" certain that his investigation will lead to charges of crimes against humanity against Muammar Gaddafi and members of his regime.

The statement came during Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s one-day visit to Cairo on Thursday 24 March.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo said his team is investigating into six separate incidents of violence against civilians and is attempting to identify the participants and those who ordered them. The prosecution team is being assisted by a number of national police forces and Interpol in the collection of evidence to determine the identities of these individuals, including videos, photos and witness testimony. The incidents involved "massive shooting of civilians" by security forces in several Libyan cities, including Tripoli and Benghazi in the days between 15 and 26 February

The Prosecutor also indicated that a later investigation will examine the regime’s more recent actions during the armed conflict with rebels. He said “At the beginning of March, the Red Cross said the armed conflict started and we agreed with that, so we have to see if there were war crimes committed in those days." He added that he would wait until the release of a report on crimes potentially committed during the armed conflict by a UN Human Rights Council-mandated team, due in June, before deciding how to act on the potential second case.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo attributed the speed of the investigation to developments in technology, which he described as “reducing the distance between people in Libya and people in the world" and praised the work of journalists whose work illustrated the extent of the violence and “created this willingness to intervene”. While stating that he remains impartial throughout the investigation, he added that “Gadhafi's personality helped unite the world against him”.

The Prosecutor said he will brief the UN Security Council on his investigation on 4 May and present his case to the ICC judges by the end of that month, when they will decide if the case will proceed with the issuing of arrest warrants.

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