The U.S. wants his head on a platter and the world court wants him arrested. Not a good week to be Gaddafi. This probably won’t end pretty.
The statement, read out by presiding judge Monageng, said there were “reasonable grounds to believe” that the three men were “criminally responsible for the murder and persecution of civilians.
As the “recognised and undisputed leader of Libya”, said the court, Col Gaddafi had “absolute, ultimate and unquestioned control” over the state.
He introduced a state policy “aimed at deterring and quelling by any means, including by the use of force, the demonstrations of civilians against the regime”, the court alleged.
The court had grounds to believe he had ordered attacks on civilians during Libya’s four-month uprising, it said.
The Hague-based court also issued warrants for two of Col Gaddafi’s top aides – his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi.
Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the conflict.
Anti-Gaddafi forces said on Monday they had launched a new push towards Tripoli, with heavy fighting near the strategic town of Bir al-Ghanam, to the south-west of capital.
The rebel defence minister told the BBC that forces opposed to Col Gaddafi may also make a move on the capital from the east.