Government of Canada Welcomes International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Request for Warrants for Qadhafi and Members of Libyan Regime

(No. 135 – May 16, 2011 – 5 p.m. ET) The Government of Canada today issued the following statement on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants for Muammar Qadhafi, his son Saif il-Islam Qadhafi and his brother-in-law Abdullah Senussi for crimes against humanity:

Canada welcomes the request for arrest warrants by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Those responsible for planning and ordering widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population of Libya must be held accountable. Crimes against humanity, directed against civilian populations, remain a grave concern to the entire international community.

Canada continues to urge the Libyan authorities to abide by their obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1970, including the obligation to cooperate fully with the ICC and the Prosecutor. Canada continues to support the ICC in its efforts to ensure that justice is served and to show the world that crimes perpetrated by the Qadhafi regime will not be tolerated.

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