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Venezuela rejects the death sentence of Saif Gaddafi as lacking in guarantees of due process

2015-11-05

We cannot talk of the existence of a legal system in Libya that guarantees due process and the human rights of people allegedly responsible for the commission of illegal acts

New York 5th November 2015.- At a United Nations Security Council session held this Thursday, the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Rafael Ramírez, rejected the decision of the Tripoli court to sentence Saif Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi, to death.
 
“Venezuela rejects last July’s decision of the Tripoli Assize Court to pass an in absentia death sentence on Saif Gaddafi, Abdullah Al Senussi and other Libyan citizens, because we consider that there are no procedural guarantees to ensure a fair trial”, emphasised Ramírez.
 
Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, participated in this session of the Security Council where she presented the tenth report on the investigation on the situation in Libya.  
 
Ambassador Ramírez indicated the importance of cooperation between States, regional and international organisations with the International Criminal Court to ensure compliance with the provisions of Resolution 1970, which establishes the immediate handover of Saif Gaddafi to the ICC for trial.
 
The Venezuelan diplomat emphasised that there is a state of institutional collapse in Libya provoked by the military intervention of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries in 2011, which has doubtlessly affected the legal system of that nation.
 
“Libya is a country immersed in profound chaos and generalised violence, which ISIS, Al Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia terrorists have taken advantage of to expand their criminal agenda throughout this and neighbouring nations".
 
Ramírez indicated that Venezuela reaffirms the importance of the International Criminal Court; however, he noted that in some cases trials move more swiftly for political reasons, which shows evidence of partiality in certain areas where the international community should voice an opinion.
 
“Politicisation has a negative effect on the role of the International Criminal Court as its autonomy, independence, objectivity and impartiality could be compromised; whereas these should be the guiding principles of its responsibilities”, he affirmed.
 
The representative of Venezuela to the United Nations reiterated the need to guarantee an inclusive dialogue to establish a National Unity Government that will enable the construction of a solid State in all areas and institutions, which will guarantee the promotion of and respect for human rights.


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