International Criminal Court Files Request to Question Gaddafi: Report
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The International Criminal Court reportedly filed a request to Lebanese authorities to question the son of deposed Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi, the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat said Saturday.
General Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud is studying a request by ICC to question Hannibal Gaddafi over crimes against humanity committed by his father’s regime in Libya, the English-language Daily Star cited the newspaper as saying on Saturday.
Hannibal was abducted by an armed group in Damascus and handed over to Lebanon’s Information Branch earlier this month.
A judicial source told the newspaper that Lebanon's Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, who received the ICC request, transferred it to judge Hammoud for a suitable decision to be made.
The ICC reportedly requested to question Hannibal, to view the course of the investigation on him since the time of his arrest in Lebanon, and to obtain his cell phone data.
An arrest warrant was issued by Investigative Judge Zaher Hamadeh earlier this month against Hannibal on charges of withholding information in the disappearance case of Amal Movement founder Shiite Imam Musa Sadr and his two companions 37 years ago, despite the fact that he was an infant at the time.
Another arrest warrant was distributed Monday against former MP Hasan Yaacoub and three others over their involvement in the recent kidnapping. This came after Mount Lebanon investigative judge Peter Jermanous questioned Yaacoub and his three bodyguards – Zein Ali Kassem, Salim Mohammad Mahmoud and Wissam Ali al-Mousawi – at the Baabda Justice Palace.
All four suspects were charged with abducting the son of the deposed Libyan leader, physically and psychologically torturing him, and failing to inform the appropriate authorities of his capture.
Yaacoub has denied any role in the abduction.
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was widely blamed for the trio’s disappearance in 1978.
Security sources told The Daily Star that the state grew suspicious of Yaacoub’s involvement in the kidnapping after officials intercepted calls from his mobile phone to the group that abducted Gaddafi in Damascus.