President Of The Assembly On The Situation Of ICC Staff In Libya
It is critical that the recent media circus surrounding the detention of ICC staff not detract in any way from the immediacy of the plight of Saif Gaddafi. If anything, these events reveal how vulnerable Saif is and how much he and all of Libya’s political prisoners need our support. Please join in demanding Saif’s immediate and unconditional release.
To understand the dynamics at work in this case, please read Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi And The “Behind The Scenes” Fight Over His Fate.
The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, remains concerned over the deadlock in attempts to secure the release of ICC staff members who are on an official mission in Libya and have been detained since 7 June.
In accordance with the Pre-Trial Chamber I decision, dated 27 April 2012, the delegation travelled to Libya on Wednesday, 6 June, to meet with Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi in Zintan, in part as a privileged visit by the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence, currently appointed to represent Mr. Gaddafi in the case brought against him.
The situation in Libya was referred to the Court by United Nations Security Council resolution 1970 on 26 February 2011 under Chapter VII.
This incident is an example of the complicated situations the Court faces. In this respect the President reiterates the need for continued political and diplomatic support to the activities of the Court. The Court relies on the support of States Parties, of the United Nations Security Council and of United Nations Member States to protect the integrity of its mandate.
Source: Assembly of States Parties