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Libya Offers Truce as ICC Prepares Arrest Warrants

Published on Monday 16th May 2011

Libya's prime minister has offered a truce in return for an immediate NATO cease-fire as the International Criminal Court prepares arrest warrants for three officials charges crimes against humanity.Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi called for the cease-fire in Tripoli Sunday after a meeting with U.N. special envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib. His request came as Libyan state television reported that a new NATO airstrike hit the western city of Zuwara, near the Tunisian border.Meanwhile, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court , Luis Moreno-Ocampo, says he will file a 74-page document outlining allegations that Libyan forces have systematically attacked civilians since launching a brutal crackdown on anti-government rebels in February.Moreno-Ocampo is expected to ask Monday for three warrants, which reports say may be for Gadhafi and two of his sons. Judges will study the evidence presented before deciding whether to issue arrest warrants for the suspects, a process likely to take weeks.Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim dismissed the ICC's efforts, calling them "questionable."
Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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