Mr. Xavier-Jean Keïta, Principal Counsel
Ms. Melinda Taylor, Counsel
Unsigned statement/sentiments from Mr, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi 7 June 2012, Zintan
1. I want to face justice.
2. I want to do so because I believe that Libya, the victims in Libya, the internationally community and myself- all have a right to the truth, and for the truth to be made public,
3. I would have liked to have been tried in Libya by Libyan judges under Libyan law in front of the Libyan people. But what has been happening in my case cannot be called a trial
4. The truth is only possible in a fair and impartial trial,
5. There will be no truth if I am kept locked up and silenced in a remote mountain village, with no or very limited possibility to speak to my lawyers in order to convey my defence,
6. There will also be no truth if witnesses are faced with possible life sentences for simply testifying in my favour, there is no security or protection for them, nor any consequences if these witnesses are threatened and killed,
7. There will certainly be no justice in the case, if the prosecution is based on evidence extracted from torture and other inadmissible evidence, or persons who are too scared to say the truth,
8. I am not afraid to die but if you execute me after such a trial you should just call it murder and be done with it.
The Defence hereby files a public redacted version of its filing of 24 July 2012. The Defence has verified that the information referenced to confidential annexes and filings, was cited in public filings and documents.
No. ICC-01/11-01/11 3/92 31 July 2012
ICC-01/11-01/11-190-Corr-Red 31-07-2012 3/92 CB PT
9. I would also prefer to live to see Libya become a democracy based on human rights and respect for the rule of law, but you cannot expect democracy to flourish if all the Libyan people see are show trials run by political expediency,
10. Over a year ago, representatives of the NTC asked the international community to intervene so that the Libyan people could have justice, I am asking for exactly the same thing – the only way for Libya and the Libyan people to have justice is for the ICC to try this case in a fair, impartial and independent manner, and, in so doing, set standards, which Libya can follow on its future path to democracy and the rule of
These were the sentiments, which Mr. Gaddafi wished to convey to the Honourable Pre-Trial Chamber, based on the views he had provided to the OPCD on 3 March 2012, and reconfirmed on 7 June 2012. When Mr. Gaddafi attempted to sign this statement after reading it, the guard, who had informed the ICC delegation through the interpreter that he was illiterate, did not understand English and that his sole purpose of being present was to ensure issues of physical security, confiscated the statement and brought it to Dr. Gehani to read.
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