December 15th, 2011
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Aisha Gaddafi seeks probe into father’s death

Aisha gaddafiTripoli: Aisha Gaddafi the daughter of Muammar Gaddafi has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) whether an investigation has been launched into the killing of her father and brother. Aisha Gaddafi’s lawyer Nick Kaufman wrote to ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asking for more information on the October 20 killing of the former Libyan leader and his son Motassim.

The letter said that Gaddafi and his son were “murdered in the most horrific fashion with their bodies thereafter displayed and grotesquely abused in complete defiance of Islamic law. The images of this savagery were broadcast throughout the world, causing my client severe emotional distress. To date, neither Ms Gaddafi nor any member of her family has been informed, by your office, of the initiation of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the brutal murders.”

“Aisha wants to know if he is investigating the murders and if not, why he is not,” Kaufman told. The letter also asked whether the ICC was looking into what reports said at the time was a NATO air strike on Gaddafi’s convoy moments before he was captured.

“Is your office investigating the attack allegedly carried out by NATO forces in order to determine whether individual criminal responsibility should be assigned for an unlawful military attack?” the letter asked.

Gaddafi and his son who were captured near their hometown of Sirte in October, were killed soon after by rebel forces. Aisha fled with other family members to neighbouring Algeria in August.

The ICC, based in The Hague, earlier this year issued arrest warrants for Muammar Gaddafi, another son, Saif al-Islam, and the former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, for crimes against humanity.



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