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UN suspects Gaddafi approved mass-rape policy

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UN suspects Gaddafi approved mass-rape policy


UN war crimes investigators say a picture is emerging from Libya that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is using mass-rape as a weapon of war.

The International Criminal Court prosecutor said there is information that Libyan troops were given anti-impotence drugs, and it has all been approved by Gaddafi.

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

Reports that government troops have been raping women are not new. The most visible claim was made by Iman al-Obeidi who told the world’s media in Tripoli that she had been gang-raped by Gaddafi forces. The government claimed she was drunk when she made the claims.

At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mustafa Shaban from Gaddafi’s foreign ministry accused rebels of mutilating women and even cannibalism. He also implicated NATO in war-crimes.

But the head of the UN inquiry in Libya pointed the finger at the government.

Cherif Bassiouni said “the idea of mercenaries being employed, the idea of sexual violence being employed has an enormous impact on society. And this is a society that is really very traumatically affected by it.”

The ICC prosecutor has already asked the court for arrest warrants against Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam on charges of crimes against humanity. He said he might add new charges of mass-rape.

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