Details of a secret operation to arrest Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi greenlighted by ICC – Al Marsad

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague served a warrant of arrest for Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi to European countries and to Turkey, though the latter is not a signatory to the Rome Statute. The Italian semi-official Agenzia Nova published a report recently in which a person responsible for Saif al-Islam’s security confirmed they were privy to what is going on, including Turkish attempts to arrest him. Al Marsad sources confirm that Turkey, in cooperation with RADA, is on a desperate hunt to arrest Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi.

(Libya, 3 May 2020) – Commenting on these reports, two significant sources both confirmed to Al-Marsad that Turkey took the initiative and expressed its desire to the ICC to help arrest Saif al-Islam. Turkish efforts have already started using its drones located in Misrata and Mitiga Airbase, east of Tripoli, to conduct surveillance and analysis missions in search for him. Turkish AWACS planes were spotted off the coast of the western region over the past few days, the last of which was on Monday this week, and believed to have been operating for the same purpose.

Sources revealed that Turkey is cooperating with the Special Deterrence Force (RADA), a local force affiliated to the Ministry of Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and based at Mitiga Airbase. They are attempting to track Saif al-Islam in the vicinity of Jabal al-Gharbi and secure a Turkish team while installing antennas for its Bayraktar TB2 drones to cover the entire area surrounding Jabal al-Gharbi to facilitate the search operation.

“Ankara’s primary goal is to arrest Saif al-Islam and hand him over to the GNA as leverage. They would then procrastinate handing him over to the ICC. Later, they would remove him from the scene by formally handing him over, and the Sarraj government does not object to this in principle as reflected in the ICC’s session on 12 November attended by the GNA’s Justice Minister Mohamed Lamloum,” added the sources.

This move followed the ICC’s dismissal of the appeal filed by Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi’s legal team, who argued the ICC lacked jurisdiction to try him in light of the general amnesty issued by the elected Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HOR).

The two sources assert that the ICC is trying to take advantage of the Turkish military presence in Libya and the current state of chaos to allow Turkey and RADA, to arrest Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and hand him over to the ICC despite despite the fact that the HOR has decreed a general amnesty.

Qatar supported this move and it reflected in the visit made by the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda who visited Doha on November 2019 where she praised the Qatari efforts in “developing the international legal system”.

 

© Al Marsad English (2020)

 

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