The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked judges to issue a warrant for the arrest of the head of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, according to the world's press agency.
According to Moreno-Ocampo, there is "strong evidence" that Gaddafi "personally gave orders to attack the innocent civilian population of Libya."
In addition to Muammar Gaddafi ISS prosecutors also want to get a warrant for the arrest of the Libyan ruler's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and the head of Libyan intelligence Abdullah al-Senusi. All three ISS prosecutors suspected of crimes against humanity.
The International Criminal Court, which operates in the Hague in 2002, is the first international legal institution that handles cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity on a regular basis.
The participants of the ISS at the moment are 114 countries that have ratified so-called The Rome Statute of 1998, on the basis of which the court was established. ISS does not have its own police force and in the case of arrest counting on the cooperation of the participating countries. Libya is not a member of the ISS.
To still ISS has issued a warrant for the arrest of 12 persons, including for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir 2008 in connection with the conflict in Darfur. Al-Bashir became the first sitting head of state, against whom have been charged with international justice.
ISS operates only in cases where the State on whose territory the crime was committed or the nationality of the suspect in the crime, will not or can not actually investigate and indict.