The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his second-eldest son and his intelligence chief, citing evidence of crimes against humanity committed against opponents of the Libyan regime. It was the second time in the ICC’s nine-year history that it has issued an arrest warrant for a sitting head of state.
What’s the Big Idea?
Al Jazeera says it’s unclear what practical effect the arrest warrant will have on the three men. Gaddafi has made no public indication he is willing to give up power, and the warrant against Bashir seems to have little chance of being enforced: Bashir has travelled to Qatar, Chad and Egypt without incident.