ICC prosecutor asks Interpol to help seek Gaddafi's arrest

ICC prosecutor asks Interpol to help seek Gaddafi's arrest

The prosecutor is also requesting so-called red notices for the arrest of one of Gaddafi's sons Seif al-Islam and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, it said in a press release issued in The Hague.

"The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is requesting Interpol to issue a red notice to arrest Muammar Gaddafi for the alleged crimes against humanity of murder and persecution," it said.

An Interpol red notice seeks the arrest for an extradition or surrender of a person to an international court based on an arrest warrant.

"Arresting Gaddafi is just a matter of time," Moreno-Ocampo said today.ICC judges on June 27 agreed to Moreno-Ocampo's request for arrest warrants against Gaddafi, 69, Seif al-Islam, 39 and Senussi, 62, for crimes against humanity committed by Libyan troops on their orders, using "lethal force" to quell the uprising against his regime.

Gaddafi, who has been ruling Libya with an iron fist since 1969, "had absolute, ultimate and unquestioned control over the Libyan state apparatus of power, including the security forces," the ICC said in a court document.

His son Seif al-Islam "the most influential person within his inner circle" is his de facto prime minister, the court added.

Senussi as the national head of military intelligence, "exercised control over the armed forces under his command that were deployed in the city of Benghazi in order to suppress civilian demonstrations," from February 15 to 20 this year.