ICC Looks Into Alleged Libya Gang Rapes

The International Criminal Court is set to investigate allegations that Libyan women are being gang-raped by security officers in the North African country, which is currently mired in a war between rebels and forces loyal to longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a CNN interview that they have received information that women who support the rebels are being stopped at checkpoints and gang-raped by members of Gaddafi’s forces. “There are rapes. The issue is who organized them,” Moreno-Ocampo told CNN’s Nic Robertson. The women were reportedly carrying flags of the rebels. Aside from the rapes, Moreno-Ocampo said they’ve also received reports that some police officers are using sexual enhancement drugs, which the ICC prosecutor described as a “tool of massive rape.” “We are not ready to present the case yet, but I hope in the coming month, we’ll add charges or review the charges for rapes,” Moreno-Ocampo said.

The gang-rape allegations follow the accusations made by Eman al-Obeidy, a woman who made headlines in March by telling reporters that she was gang-raped and held for two days by 15 members of Gaddafi’s forces. Al-Obeidy has since escaped to Tunisia.