08 Jun '11, 6pm

Gaddafi the first to face ICC 'disappearance' charge - Channel NewsAsia: via @AddThis

UNITED NATIONS: International judges must soon announce whether they agree to crimes against humanity charges against Muammar Gaddafi, and the Libyan leader could find himself making unwanted legal history. Gaddafi is the first person to be accused by the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor of "enforced disappearance", a phenomenon made notorious by the Argentinian and Chilean juntas of the 1970s and 80s. Thousands of political opponents and trade unionists disappeared but no bodies were found, so no murder or kidnap could be proved. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, who made his name leading the case against junta leaders in his native Argentina, said he now has evidence that in Libya "the behaviour is abduction, torture and disappearance. This is a tool to establish fear." The ICC judges are to announce within days whether they agree to crimes against hu...

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