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ICC Calls for Release of Four Staff Members Detained in Libya

June 09, 2012

The International Criminal Court in The Hague called for the immediate release of four of its staff members who have been detained in Libya since June 7.

The delegation was in Libya to meet with Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi, the son of the north African nation’s former leader Muammar Qaddafi, to discuss his legal representation in the case brought against him, the ICC said in an e-mailed statement.

“We are very concerned about the safety of our staff in the absence of any contact with them,” the court’s president, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, said in the statement. “These four international civil servants have immunity when on an official ICC mission. I call on the Libyan authorities to immediately take all necessary measures to ensure their safety and security and to liberate them.”

The ICC said it is communicating with the relevant authorities of Libya to ensure their release.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Buckley in Amsterdam at johnbuckley@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lars Paulsson at lpaulsson@bloomberg.net


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