International Arrest Warrant for Qaddafi

Media release

28 June 2011

The Australian Government welcomes the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to issue arrest warrants for discredited Libyan leader Qaddafi, his son, Saif Qaddafi and Head of Military Intelligence, Abdullah Al-Sanousi.

The Court has declared that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the three have committed crimes against humanity, specifically murder and persecution.

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Kevin Rudd, said the ICC arrest warrants are a critical component of the international response to the unfolding tragedy in Libya.

"These warrants reflect the real readiness of the international community to take action when grave crimes are suspected.

"The ICC’s action should serve as a warning to those who violate international humanitarian law that they can no longer commit crimes with impunity," said Mr Rudd.

"Those responsible for grave crimes should be held accountable and the perpetrators punished for their actions.

"As Australia has repeatedly said, Qaddafi should go and go now."

The Australian Government takes this opportunity to renew its call for those suspected of grave crimes in Syria to also be referred to the ICC.

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