Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


At the Security Council Rafael Ramirez requested to guarantee fair trial to Gaddafi’s son


The Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Rafael Ramirez, expressed at a Security Council meeting on Thursday the need to bring Seif Al Islam Gaddafi to The Hague in order to guarantee a fair trial.

He gave his remarks in the framework of a UN Security Council briefing that had the presence of Fatou Bensouda, international criminal law prosecutor, who presented the eleventh report on the investigation related to the situation in Libya.

“The Libyan Government of National Accord, to which we convey our support, must decisively work to ensure the promotion and protection of the human rights of Libyan citizens. In this regard, we encourage it to strengthen its cooperation with the International Criminal Court in order to facilitate the process of presenting Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to be tried in an impartial way, in compliance with the process” said Ramirez.

The Venezuelan diplomat explained that there is evidence that the family and former officials of the cabinet of the Libyan leader, killed in 2011, have been victims of torture; therefore, it is necessary to take actions to move forward with the process in the framework of human rights.

Rafael Ramirez made an appeal to Libyan authorities on the death sentence against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi given the lack of legal guarantees.

“This verdict has been internationally rejected by different organizations, including the Human Rights Council, therefore, we call the Libyan authorities to fully cooperate with the International Criminal Court in order to transfer Saif Gaddafi to The Hague to be prosecuted with due process, respecting his human rights.”