Arrest Warrant Issued for Libya's Gadhafi

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An international judge has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Mommar Gadhafi, charging the dictator with crimes against humanity.

The International Criminal Court in the Netherlands said Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi are wanted for allegedly orchestrating attacks against hundreds of pro-democracy protestors.

Presiding Judge Sanji Monageng said there are reasonable grounds to believe that Gadhafi and the others, "Conceived and orchestrated a plan to deter and quell by all means the civilian demonstrations against the regime."

Although Gadhafi's whereabouts are uncertain, his spokesman claims he's still at the helm in Libya.

"He is leading the daily matter of the country," Gadhafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said. "He is helping us conduct the crises, and he is strong, very high morale, very high spirit."

Libyan officials say Gadhafi's personal bus was destroyed by NATO air strikes Monday at his compound in Tripoli. Western officials don't believe Gadhafi is living at the compound.

Meanwhile, a Red Cross cruise ship filled with Gadahfi supporters landed in Tripoli from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. The ship carries people from both sides of the conflict so they can meet with loved ones.

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John Waage

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John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

He also analyzes the convulsive politics of the Middle East.