Libya Dashes Hopes of Early Release for Melinda Taylor
From Chris Stephens of the Guardian– Libya dashes hopes of early release for Australian ICC official: Melinda Taylor is being interrogated over claims documents were passed to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, says government spokesman
The arrest of Taylor is spiralling into the most serious crisis in the ICC’s 10-year history. Never before has one of its officials been arrested and held in detention.
The decision comes after the Australian foreign minister, Robert Carr, met Libya’s prime minister, Abdulrahim el-Keib, earlier this week, announcing a hope that Taylor would be released if the ICC issued an “apology”.
Carr said earlier this week that Tripoli would be likely to release Taylor if the ICC agreed that Saif could be tried in Libya, rather than The Hague.
But ICC judges can make such a decision only if they are satisfied that Libya, struggling to rebuild a shattered country after last year’s civil war, can guarantee Saif al-Islam Gaddafi a fair trial with a fully functioning legal system.