ICC’s investigation of Libya war crimes in dock even before male rape cases

Capacity and authority of court as well as evidence already under scrutiny with not one Libyan brought to The Hague for trial

The international criminal court has struggled to ensure its writ runs in Libya ever since the UN security council tasked the ICC with the investigation of war crimes after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The possibility of taking on a raft of new cases, including repeated male rape, will therefore raise issues of capacity, evidence and authority for the court, which has been accused of politicised justice and being limited in its powers.

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