The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, has confirmed that he obtained evidence regarding violations by military forces in Libya.
Khan explained in in his briefing to the Security Council, the first of its kind from inside Libya, that during his visit to Libya, he had met with Khalifa Haftar and his military prosecutor in Benghazi, as well as the military prosecutor in Tripoli, Minister of Justice in the Government of National Unity and Head of the Presidential Council before his visit to Tarhouna.
“In Tarhouna, I saw heartbreaking things, this is the suffering that we have heard and seen. There’s a feeling of stress and fatigue that all of this happened and is happening without action by the international community and the ICC.” Khan said.
The ICC Prosecutor reaffirmed the need to exert more efforts on the situation in Libya and said that he was reassured in the past few days about something that has been clear for a long time.
Khan said at the Security Council that further applications for arrest warrants of crimes and violations in Libya have been submitted to ICC judges.
He indicated that for the first time since 2011, they have documented human rights violations with evidence in Libya, saying that this is the first time that the Prosecutor of the ICC has been able to speak from Libya. Khan arrived in Libya this week in a visit that is the first by an ICC Prosecutor.