21 Jun Melinda Taylor Being Interrogated — and Bob Carr Being Embarrassed
According to The Guardian, Libya is now interrogating Taylor and intends to prosecute her for violations of “national security” (read: doing her job and defending Saif) even if the ICC apologizes:
Tripoli said on Wednesday night that Taylor, one of four ICC officers who were on an official visit to Libya, had tried to deliver documents to Saif that were not part of her work for the court.
“An interrogation of them is under way,” said the Libyan government spokesman Nassar el-Manee. “There is evidence that proves they have breached the law.”
Tripoli says the documents represented a “threat to national security”, but has given no details.
The decision comes after the Australian foreign minister, Robert Carr, met Libya’s prime minister, Abdulrahim el-Keib, earlier this week, announcing a hope that Taylor would be released if the ICC issued an “apology”.
Manee said such an apology would not prevent a criminal case being launched. “They [the ICC] should say: ‘We have made a mistake,'” said Manee. “When the interrogation is complete we will explain everything.”
I’m sure they will. In the meantime, this latest development provides clear evidence that Bob Carr was simply being played by the Libyan government. The government obviously had no intention of releasing her; it simply wanted the Foreign Minister of a major western power to go on record with his belief that the ICC, not Libya, was responsible for Taylor’s detention. I guess blaming the victim wasn’t such a good idea, after all. May we please take the ICC apology off the table now?
Oh, and The Guardian provides another interesting piece of information: Taylor has been held incommunicado for the past nine days. The Rule of Law is indeed alive and well in Libya.