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ICC debating site of Gadhafi son’s trial

THE HAGUE — Libya insisted Tuesday that it should be allowed to prosecute one of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, telling international judges that trying him at home will be “a unique opportunity for national reconciliation.”

Libyan lawyer Ahmed al-Jehani spoke at the start of a two-day hearing at the International Criminal Court that will go a long way to deciding where Seif al-Islam Gadhafi will be put on trial for crimes against humanity — in Libya or The Hague.

Seif al-Islam is charged by the international court with crimes against humanity for his alleged involvement in the deadly crackdown on dissent against his father’s rule.

Where he ends up being tried is not only a matter of national importance to Libya’s new rulers. It’s also of huge consequence to Seif al-Islam himself: If he were to be tried and convicted in The Hague, he could face a maximum life sentence; but if a Libyan court were to find him guilty, he could face the death penalty.

Prosecutors in The Hague who originally indicted Seif al-Islam last year now also believe Libya should be given the chance to try him.


Judge among five killed in attacks

BAGHDAD — Shootings and bombings in central and north Iraq on Tuesday left five people dead, including a judge and the bodyguard of a lawmaker, security and medical officials said.

In the main northern city of Mosul, 220 miles north of Baghdad, Judge Abbas al-Abadi was killed as he was leaving his home.

In Tal Afar, near Mosul, two members of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party were killed when a roadside bomb struck their car.

Just south of Baghdad near the town of Mussayeb, a bodyguard of lawmaker Ali Alaq was ambushed by gunmen who killed him before fleeing the scene.

In East Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on the car of police Brig. Gen. Shaaker Mahmud. A security official said the vehicle’s driver was killed.

Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but deadly attacks remain common.

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