Gaddafi’s son Saif opens ICC talks on surrender

The Daily Telegraph reports: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Muammar Gaddafi’s fugitive son, who is wanted for crimes against humanity has established indirect contacts with the International Criminal Court on his surrender, the court’s chief prosecutor said.

The prosecutor said that his office was in “informal contact” with Muammar Gaddafi’s son through intermediaries regarding his surrender to the war crimes court.

“Through intermediaries, we have informal contact with Saif. The office of the prosecutor has made it clear that if he surrenders to the ICC, he has the right to be heard in court, he is innocent until proven guilty. The judges will decide,” prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo would not say with whom the court is talking. He also said the court does not know al-Islam’s whereabouts.

If Saif is brought before the court, Mr Moreno-Ocampo said, he will “have all the rights and be protected,” and will be allowed to present his defence.

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