ICC prosecutor meets with Egypt’s foreign minister

José Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), met the Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi on Thursday morning.

Ocampo's meeting with Egypt's foreign minister came within the framework of his mission to investigate the crimes of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi against the Libyan protestors demanding his removal from power.

Ocampo announced earlier this month that he had begun assessing various allegations regarding Qadhafi's systematic and large-scale attacks against civilians in Libya. Ocampo's investigations come after the UN Security Council issued resolution no. 1970, which referred the issue of violence in Libya to the International Criminal Court.

Ocampo seeks to prepare a list of charges against Qadhafi, among them crimes against humanity, including genocide. Qadhafi has been accused by some of the indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilians and other acts of violence against civilians involved in the uprising.

Arab news reports indicate that the former Egyptian government invited Ocampo to Egypt after the UN Security Council authorized him to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Libya.

The Egyptian government is expected to help Ocampo meet fugitives and refugees coming from Libya.

There is also the possibility that Egypt will allow Ocampo to enter the eastern regions of Libya through its borders, where he sill be abled to seek eyewitness accounts. Such a move would also facilitate communication between Ocampo and the Libyan Transitional Council in Benghazi.

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