Monday, August 29, 2011

Libyan Extradition Policy

The announcement that the now located Abdelbaset al-Megrahi would not be extradited by any new Libyan government, as neither would any other Libyan national, does make one wonder just why the BBC keeps referring to Gaddafi as being wanted by the International Criminal Court.

If he is ever caught, then it would seem to be the case that if his former subjects wish to try him themselves they will do so without any interference from abroad.

Similarly, it would be hard to see how any offer of amnesty or immunity made to him by any new Libyan government could ever be challenged by any other nation. The Libyans seem to be following the line taken by the Russians in their insistent refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoy to the UK for questioning regarding the death of the late Alexander Litvinenko, that to do so would be contrary to their law (which it would be) and that they're not going to be dictated to in their own country by foreigners. We'll see how this one pans out; hopefully not into nationalism or pan-Arabist chauvinism, but a healthy regard for civil liberties, for law and for the rule of law instead.

To be forced to live in peace in a peaceful country in which he knows he is immune from prosecution but in which he can't oppress anyone anymore would be hell on Earth for Gaddafi, and at that point his transformation into a North African Pinochet would be complete.

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Blogger JI said...

"We'll see how this one pans out; hopefully not into nationalism or pan-Arabist chauvinism, but a healthy regard for civil liberties, for law and for the rule of law instead."

You really think so? Libya has just been sold out to Al Qaeda.

31 August, 2011 08:55  
Blogger Martin said...

We'll see

31 August, 2011 23:03  

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