International court: Libya must hand over Seif

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 10:30 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has told Libya it has to hand over the son and one-time heir-apparent of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi so he can face charges of crimes against humanity.

Judges on Thursday rejected Libya's request to suspend an earlier order to Tripoli to hand over Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who is expected to stand trial in Libya next month.

Libya had asked for the order to be suspended pending the outcome of the new government's appeal against the admissibility of the case at the Hague-based court.

Libya argues Seif al-Islam should be tried at home, but judges and the suspect's lawyers have cast doubt on the country's ability to give him a fair trial.

The international court says Libya is "currently obliged to surrender Mr. Gadhafi to the court."

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