New warrants issued for Libya crimes, ICC tells UNSC

May 11, 2023 | International actors

On 11 May, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, briefed the UN Security Council on the prosecution of alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya, stating the ICC had made significance progress over the last six months. He announced that in this period, four warrants were issued by the independent judges of the ICC for crimes allegedly committed in Libya since 2011, with two additional warrants currently being assessed by judges. The warrants are currently under seal so it is not clear who is targeted or what crimes specifically the ICC Prosecutor is charging. The Prosecutor said he has asked judges for the warrants to be unsealed and a decision is pending. Recalling a visit to Libya, he said his meetings with survivors of violence in Tarhouna encapsulated the reason why the UNSC made its referral to the ICC.