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UN investigates Gaddafi over mass rape policy

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UN investigates Gaddafi over mass rape policy


War crimes investigators claim to have evidence linking Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi to a policy of raping women who oppose his regime.

The International Criminal Court prosecutor alleges that Libya had bought anti-impotence drugs to facilitate the policy.

And he said he had information that Gaddafi had personally authorised the practice.

Luis Moreno Ocampo told a news conference “Viagra-type medicaments (drugs) show the policy. They were buying containers with products to enhance the possibility to rape women.”

In March this year a Libyan woman made headlines by declaring before the world’s media in Tripoli that she had been gang raped by Gaddafi’s troops.

Iman al-Obeidi was bundled away by plainclothes police and detained before fleeing the country.

UN prosecutors are now considering new war-crimes charges against Gaddafi specifically relating to a policy of mass rape.

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