International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked judges on Monday to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, his son, Saif al-Islam, and his brother-in-law and intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Sanussi for alleged crimes against humanity, even as Qaddafi's regime proposes a truce in exchange for a NATO ceasefire during talks with a U.N. envoy. Ocampo said his office had gathered "direct evidence" suggesting that Qaddafi "personally ordered" attacks on unarmed civilians, that Saif, acting as a "de facto prime minister," spearheaded the recruitment of mercenaries, and that al-Sanussi has served as Qaddafi's "executioner" during the regime's crackdown on demonstrators.
What crimes does Moreno-Ocampo accuse these three figures of commiting? He says the regime has attacked civilians in their homes, fired on demonstrators, used heavy artillery against funeral processions, and deployed snipers to kill people leaving mosques. In areas under Qaddafi's control, Moreno-Ocampo added, his forces continue to "prepare lists with names of alleged dissidents. They are being arrested, put into prisons in Tripoli, tortured and made to disappear." Al Jazeera explains that Moreno-Ocampo's evidence will now go to a court in the Hague, where a panel of judges will decide whether to dismiss his petition, request more evidence, or affirm the charges and issue international arrest warrants.