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Tripoli : Libya | Jul 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM PDT
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Four employees of the International Criminal Court (ICC), detained in Libya since June 7, were freed on Monday after the head of the Hague-based court apologized for the difficulties that had arisen from their mission, Reuters reported.

The ICC president said that Libyan authorities had “made the necessary arrangements” for their release.

“I would like to thank the Libyan authorities for making the necessary arrangements today to allow the release of the ICC staff so they may be reunited with their families,” ICC President Sang-Hyun Song said at a news conference in Libya.

"The four members (of the ICC team) were released," Ajmi al-Atiri, commander of a brigade holding Seif al-Islam Qaddafi told journalists in Zintan, a hilltop town, AFP news reported.

The International Criminal Court delegation comprises an Australian lawyer, as well as Russian, Spanish and Lebanese nationals were accused of attempting to inflict harm on the national security of Libya by smuggling documents to Seif al-Islam Qaddafi.

The Libyan authorities want to try Seif al-Islam Qaddafi on charges of suppressing opposition protests under the former regime, while the ICC wants to try him for crimes against humanity.

Meanwhile, Libyan protesters storm election commission office in Benghazi , burning of ballots just one week before the first general election to be held in Libya for nearly five decades. The attack took place after the transition board of Tripoli had rejected the request to grant to the eastern provinces a fair representation in the new assembly. Two other cities in the eastern part of Libya have experienced the same situation.

Currently, it is expected that Tripoli and western Libya will have a total of 102 out of 200 seats while the east would have 60. The remaining seats would be reserved to the south of the country, which is sparsely populated.

Representatives from the east feel that this will prevent them from having their say about the new constitution.

The libyan elections on July 7 will be the first to be held there since the 1960s, but violence and boycott calls threaten to undermine the electoral process which should lead to the formation of an assembly of 200 members, a government and a new constitution.

Moreover, in southern Libya, a leader of the Tabu tribe has threatened to boycott the elections if the government did not withdraw its fighters and tanks in a desert town where clashes have claimed 47 dead and over 100 injured in three days. More than half the wounded are women and children, mostly hurt by mortar fire.

A Libyan official has stressed that negotiations to calm tensions between the Toubou tribe, and other tribes, are underway.

Sources: http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/88262EBD-A29B-450F-9B2D-C30D3D7F1DAB.htm

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/07/02/224037.html

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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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