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No One Can Decide Where to Put Muammar Qaddafi

International Criminal Court disputes claims made by France and England.

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It seems like no one can agree on where Muammar Qaddafi is going to live after if he relinquishes power in Libya. Earlier today, British foreign secretary William Hague supported an idea put forth by the French that would allow Qaddafi to stay in Libya as long as he steps away from political life in the country forever. The International Criminal Court, however, is now saying Libya would be forced to turn him over due to the warrants for his arrest, The Guardian is reporting. Britain and France are both members of the ICC, but they seem to differ on whether he should be turned over to the ICC. Should they support a type of immunity to allow Qadaffi to stay in Libya, The Guardian's new report argues it would be extremely difficult for the Rebel Transitional Council to not turn Qaddafi over.
However, giving Gaddafi what amounts to immunity would be a complex process. The only legal immunity for an ICC warrant is a UN security council resolution which can suspend a warrant from The Hague, but such a move would be highly controversial politically, not least because the ICC statue mandates that the resolution would need to be revisited every 12 months. Politically, immunity would go down badly in rebel-held parts of Libya, where the torture, killings and destruction have caused deep wounds.

The Libyan people aren't exactly smitten with the idea of Qaddafi staying in Libya. "It's too late for such a thing. Maybe if this deal [suggested by Hague] was made at the beginning, when Gaddafi had killed only 10 people, maybe we could forgive him. But now, after this war, he killed a lot of people, it can't be forgiven that easy," a Misrata resident told The Guardian. When details from the war crimes investigation were first leaked, it was revealed that Qaddafi gave the order that "Misrata be obliterated and the "blue sea turned red" with the blood of the inhabitants."

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