Thursday, October 20, 2011

2 ICC defendants dead

(Update: Senussi believed still alive; see here)

Reports are that at least 2 of the 3 men named in International Criminal Court arrest warrants died in gunfights today in Sirte, Libya.
According to reports, dead are Muammar Gaddafi (right), the de facto leader of the country from 1969 until the fall of Tripoli 2 months ago, and Abdullah Al-Senussi (left), Gaddafi's chief of intelligence services. (credit for photos)
Believed still at large is the 3d person accused in those warrants, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the leader's son who may or may not have been captured and in custody for a short while (prior Linkpost).
Today's news came within days of an "unannounced" trip to Tripoli by Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State. (The Libya stop was part of a journey through the Middle East and Central Asia that still is under way.) It augurs a new phase in the Libya story about which we've frequently posted -- presumably, the drawing-down of NATO and the stepping-up of UNSMIL, the U.N. Mission established by Security Council Resolution 2009 (Sept. 16, 2011), and the beginning in earnest of what seems likely to be a difficult period of transition for the Libyan state.

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