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20 October 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL and ICC urge Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in − call for his safe passage to The Hague

Colonel Gaddafi death increases pressure on Red Notice subject who remains at large


LYON, France – Following the confirmation by the National Transitional Council of Colonel Gaddafi’s death, INTERPOL and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have called for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to turn himself in. Both institutions will coordinate with INTERPOL member countries to provide safe passage to The Hague where he is wanted for crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and the Prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo today urged the former Libyan leader’s son Saif to give himself up and for the national authorities of the country where he is hiding to guarantee and facilitate his safe transfer to the Netherlands to face justice.

“Following my discussions with Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo, we agree that it is in the best interests of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi as well as in the interests of justice that he surrender himself as swiftly as possible and face the charges levelled against him,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Since our assistance was first requested, INTERPOL has been cooperating with both the ICC and the National Transitional Council of Libya to ensure that those individuals wanted for a range of serious crimes are located, apprehended and brought to justice,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

“Colonel Gaddafi will not be able answer to the crimes levelled against him, which makes it even more important that those who were part of his inner circle and who remain at large are captured and face their accusers so that the rule of law can run its course.

“We therefore call on all member countries to work with the ICC and INTERPOL to see that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is safely delivered to The Hague once he surrenders,” concluded the leader of the world police body.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit based at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France will continue to liaise closely with the ICC, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Tripoli and all other 187 member countries to locate the other remaining Red Notice subjects.

INTERPOL's Command and Coordination Centre remains available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to facilitate any communications between Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi or any person sought for arrest by the ICC and the relevant law enforcement authorities.