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Libya detains four ICC staff following meeting with Saif al-Islam

  • Libyan authorities have detained a delegation from the International Criminal Court after one of its lawyers was found to be carrying suspicious documents for Saif a-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    The four-member delegation had travelled to the western mountain town of Zintan to meet Saif al-Islam, who has been held there since his capture in November.

    The four members, including an Australian lawyer named as Melinda Taylor, were detained on Thursday.

    The documents found included correspondence from Saif al-Islam's former right-hand man Mohammed Ismail.

    Saif al-Islam is wanted by the ICC for crimes from last year's war but Libya wants to try him in his home country.

    Earlier this month, the ICC ruled he could remain in detention in Libya until the court decides if it has the jurisdiction to try him.