31 Aug '11, 1am

Gaddafi victims can seek reparations: ICC prosecutor

Gaddafi victims can seek reparations: ICC prosecutor

MEXICO CITY: Victims of violence inflicted by the regime of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi can seek reparations from his wealth, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said Tuesday. In a video conference from the Hague, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said one advantage of the ICC prosecutor's office was that "we can request a freezing of assets to compensate victims." Speaking in the conference with Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon and Mexico's Chamber of Deputies, Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine jurist, said that "in Gaddafi's case, with billions of dollars in personal accounts around the world, the victims are going to be able to be compensated." But he also acknowledged that carrying out such a freeze poses big challenges in a case like the one of longtime ruler Gaddafi. The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi, whose whereabouts are currently unknown. Libyan rebels...

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