UN Prosecutor Calls For Gadhafi Arrest Warrant

May 16, 2011

The head of the International Criminal Court wants Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi arrested and charged with crimes against humanity. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters he would also seek arrest warrants for the leader's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and Abdullah al-Sanussi, the country's intelligence chief.

Moreno-Ocampo alleges Gadhafi personally ordered attacks on unarmed civilians in their homes, while attending funerals and as they left mosque services. Libyan civilians are also tortured, raped and made to disappear, according to CNN.

A Court panel will decide whether to issue the warrants or indict Gadhafi. The Los Angeles Times says Moreno-Ocampo spoke with Gadhafi officials who are willing to provide incriminating information.

Human Rights Watch lists other heads of state who've been indicted by the ICC: former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevich and former Liberian President, Charles Taylor. There are outstanding ICC arrest warrants for Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir. All three are for crimes against humanity. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.