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Moussa Koussa sought by ICC prosecutor

Moussa Koussa sought by ICC: The International Criminal Court prosecutor is trying to speak with former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa for his investigation into the Libyan government's shooting of civilians. Koussa has defected to London.

Moussa Koussa reads a statement to foreign journalists at a hotel in in Tripoli, March 18, before he defected to London. The ICC is now seeking to speak with Koussa about the civilian killings in Libya.

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The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Tuesday he wants to speak with former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa for his investigation into crimes against civilians in the North African state.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is investigating Muammar Gaddafi, his sons and key aides such as former foreign minister Moussa, who defected to London last month saying he made the decision because of attacks by Gaddafi forces on civilians.

"The fact that Moussa Koussa defected is interesting because that is one option you have. If you have no power to stop the crimes then you can defect to show you are not responsible," Moreno-Ocampo told Reuters in an interview.

"We are trying to see Moussa Koussa to interview him ... we would like to see what Moussa Koussa knows. But the fact that he defected is a factor we will consider seriously."

Moreno-Ocampo said investigators were now assessing who was most responsible for attacks against civilians and that it was too early to say what impact the defection would have.

"The fact is that when we warned different people including Moussa Koussa that the troops were committing crimes, if someone cannot control them, defecting is a valid option and that is what Moussa Koussa did. We will see what responsibility he had."


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