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Qaddafi's death: Will the ICC launch a war-crimes investigation?

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(Read caption) International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo talks during a news conference in Tripoli November 23. The killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi may have been a war crime, says Moreno-Ocampo.

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The killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi may have been a war crime, says the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Captured by Libyan rebels outside his hometown of Sirte on Oct. 20, Qaddafi was killed by a mob of National Transitional Council soldiers and put on display in a freezer room in Misurata, as proof that he had been killed.

The circumstances of Qaddafi’s death raise “serious suspicions” that he may have been killed in custody, which is a violation of international law, Mr. Ocampo told the United Nations, in requesting the authority to investigate.

“The death of Muammar Gadhafi is one of the issues to be clarified — what happened — because there are serious suspicions that it was a war crime,” Moreno Ocampo said.

Reuters news agency quoted Ocampo as saying:

"I think that's a very important issue. We are raising this concern to the national authorities and they are preparing a plan to have a comprehensive strategy to investigate all these crimes."

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