“We trust our new judicial system will work better than the system that was in place during the Gadhafi regime,” she said.
But some Libyans doubt the Gadhafis can get a fair trial in Libya. Mazigh Buzakhar, who was arrested by the regime in Tripoli in December and accused of spying, said Col. Gadhafi and members of his family should be tried at The Hague to ensure a fair trial.
Fadi El Abdallah, a spokesman for the International Criminal Court, said Libyan authorities have an obligation to turn over Col. Gadhafi, Seif al-Islam and Mr. Senussi to the court. The warrants must be implemented in accordance with a resolution adopted by the U.N. Security Council, he added.
Ibtisam al-Kilani, a Paris-based Libyan lawyer who wants Col. Gadhafi to be tried in Libya, said: “The ICC warrants are for crimes committed after the start of the uprising, but he committed many crimes in the past four decades.”
The rebels want to take control of the Ghardabiya air base south of Sirte, from where they say the regime has fired Scud missiles.
Moussa Ibrahim, a spokesman for the Gadhafi regime, dismissed calls to surrender. “No dignified, honorable nation would accept an ultimatum from armed gangs,” he said in a phone interview with the Associated Press.
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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