Local analysts have described the move by the International Criminal Court ICC to issue a warrant of arrest for Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddaffi as racist and selective application of the law.

They said the ICC has no jurisdiction to issue a warrant of arrest for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as Libya is not a member of the court.


Legal expert, Advocate Aston Musunga said there is no basis for an arrest warrant and in essence the Libyan leader is being charged for defending his country’s sovereignty.

He said, “They are working together with NATO to effect regime change and put a puppet of their choice, which is wrong.”

Political analyst, Dr Tafataona Mahoso, dismissed the notion that the ICC is a universal human rights champion adding that the body is nothing but an emblem of racism and the apartheid system.

“There is a selective application of the law and the ICC is working against less European states. George Bush and Tony Blair have committed crimes against humanity but you do not see them before the court,” he said.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was issued with a warrant of arrest on Monday the 27th of June.

Libya did not sign or ratify the treaty that created the ICC.

The United States is not a member of the ICC and has issued statements that no American will be brought before that court. However, the US is always at the forefront in advocating for people from other countries to be brought before the ICC.