ICC Expresses “Regret” over Staff Held in Libya
Reuters details the latest twist in the complex diplomacy regarding Melinda Taylor in their article — ICC expresses “regret” over staff held in Libya. In my reading, it appears that the ICC did the minimum necessary in terms of ‘apologizing’ to push the ball into the court of the Libyans and see what the NTC or the Zintanis will do next. But the NTC appears to be passing the buck as well — most likely because they can’t cause Taylor’s release because they have no power over the Zintanis and they are covering up for that by saying she compromised Libyan National security. Alternatively, they are able to effectuate her release but either think she is guilty or are making this into a populist issue where they can ‘stand up’ to the West. Any of these alternatives is very unfortunate and it doesn’t look like Taylor will be leaving Zintan anytime soon.
“The ICC deeply regrets any events that may have given rise to concerns on the part of the Libyan authorities,” the court said in a statement issued after a meeting at the court’s headquarters in The Hague between Abdelaziz Al-Hassadi, the Libyan attorney general, and Sang-Hyun Song, the court’s president.
Libya has said it will try Saif al-Islam, and has refused to extradite him.
But many question how strongly the writ of the capital Tripoli runs in the western mountain town of Zintan, where Saif al-Islam is being held and where the ICC staff were detained.