Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is facing investigation for alleged crimes against humanity, along with members of his family and inner circle.
The announcement came from the International Criminal Court’s Chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo.
“We have identified some individuals with de facto or former authority who have authority, authority on the security forces who allegedly committed the crimes. They are Muammar al-Gaddafi, his inner circle, including some of his sons, who had de facto authority,” Ocampo told a press conference.
Ocampo also warned that anti-Gaddafi protesters would also be held accountable for any criminal activity they committed.
“Some opposition groups have also weapons. I would like to be clear: if opposition groups commit crimes their leader will also be investigated,” Ocampo added.
This is the first time the court will investigate crimes as they are occurring. The swift response has been attributed to input from social media.
Ocampo plans to finish his investigation within weeks. A judge’s decision is expected after several months.