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."