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U.S. welcomes ICC effort to seek arrest warrants of Libyan officials

Arab World Materials 5 May 2011 04:26
The United States welcomed the effort by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek arrest warrants against three Libyan officials who are accused of being responsible for shooting peaceful demonstrators in the North African country, the State Department said on Wednesday , Xinhua reported .
U.S. welcomes ICC effort to seek arrest warrants of Libyan officials

The United States welcomed the effort by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek arrest warrants against three Libyan officials who are accused of being responsible for shooting peaceful demonstrators in the North African country, the State Department said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said this issue will " likely" be a topic of discussion in the second Libya contact group meeting to be held in Rome on Thursday.

"We've supported all along the referral to the ICC, and we've said all along that those who've carried our human rights abuses in Libya are going to be held accountable. So we welcome it," he said.

The shooting by security forces at peaceful demonstrators in Libya prompted the request of arrest warrants against three individuals, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ( ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said at the United Nations on Wednesday.

Media reports said the three individuals are senior Libyan officials who will be charged of crimes against humanity.

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