ICC Orders Gaddafi Arrest

B-2-Landing-after-bomb-run-over-LibyaThe International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warrant for the arrest of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, further increasing pressure on the long-serving ruler to vacate his post.

Also included in the ICC order were Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam and Libyan Intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi. The arrest warrants were issued on the grounds of allegations that the trio were behind the killing of opposition protesters in February. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the issuance of the arrest warrants were made to prevent Gaddafi and his cohorts from “committing new crimes.” The NATO, which has been conducting regular airstrikes against Gaddafi’s forces, said the ICC ruling justified the Allied Forces’s decision to intervene in the conflict.

The ICC move came on the same day that rebels fighting Gaddafi’s government said they are inching closer towards the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where the 69-year-old former revolutionary leader is believed to be holding base. The insurgents have entered the town of Bir al-Ghanam, where they are currently engaged in fierce fighting against Gaddafi’s military.