There’s a surprising twist in the Libyan presidential election scheduled for June 10.
Gadhafi, who was named heir apparent after his father, died in 2011, suddenly announced Tuesday he would run. The country is divided between two rival governments allied to their respective authoritarian rulers.
On the outside, Gadhafi is in U.S. custody, but the United States has declined to detain him for extradition, saying he has diplomatic immunity, which, of course, is another way of saying that his father is the head of state.
Even if he receives U.S. assurances, Gadhafi is unlikely to be charged, charged to face justice for his father’s death, or extradited.
As Libya’s deputy prime minister, Mohamed Essam al-Misrati, pointed out when he stood next to Gadhafi on Tuesday, “I want to go home to visit my family.”
Gadhafi is scheduled to be quizzed in a five-hour video conference with judges in what is thought to be the first time he will be questioned by an overseas court, the state news agency reported.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Gadhafi on charges of crimes against humanity for the deaths of protesters in the 2011 uprising that led to Gadhafi’s overthrow and death.