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Gaddafi death: Dutch politicians regret he will not be prosecuted

Thursday 20 October 2011

The death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi means the end of a 42-year dictatorship but other members of the regime should be brought to The Hague for trial, prime minister Mark Rutte is reported as saying by news agency ANP.

Gaddafi was killed after an assault on his home town of Sirte, officials from the transitional authorities have said.

Rutte, who is in Russia on a three-day visit, said the people of Libya had opened themselves up to great personal danger by rebelling against Gaddafi’s rule.

'We would rather that he had been called to account for his crimes in The Hague. In any case, let us hope the others who are being sought can be brought before the international criminal court,' Rutte told Nos television.


The Hague is host to the international criminal court which tries dictators and military leaders in cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

GroenLinks leader Jolande Sap said she was sorry that Gaddafi would not be brought to trial for his crimes against humanity. ‘Hopefully the last of his supporters will lay down their arms so that the process of reconciliation can finally begin.’

Labour leader Job Cohen described the news as a ‘historic day for Libya and the entire Arab world. ‘It is good that Gaddafi was captured but a shame that he is dead because he can no longer be held accountable for his crimes,’ Cohen said.

VVD foreign affairs spokesman Han ten Broeke said the lesson to be learned is that ‘there is no hiding place for dictators, no matter how long they hide, and they will eventually be held responsible.’

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Readers' comments (17)

Gaddafi has been brought to account and punished in the only appropriate way. Do the victims of the Lockerbie bombing and his muderous regime want him to live out a peaceful existence in a prison cell on 3 meals a day? I don't think so. I'd have him die a million times

By Debbie | October 20, 2011 4:14 PM

Dead is better than having to watch the media sensationalize the trials which costs taxpayers money.

By Hans | October 20, 2011 4:18 PM

It was only 2 years ago that several US senators including J.McCain were negotiating an arms deal with Gaddafi, and in return Gaddafi promised to send his enriched uranium supplies to Russia for disposal.
This is not so much about Gaddafi, more about 'BAD WORLD LEADERS' that continue to make bad examples with their greedy illegal dealings: who is next for the chop, Bashar al-Assad or perhaps Obama?

'Wonder why they resemble NL taxi drivers so much?

By the visitor | October 20, 2011 6:07 PM

Justice has been served. Served by those victims themselves. It is refreshing to not have to suffer through a trial by academia. If he were in Canada; he would receive the best health care our tax dollar could buy. Followed by several years in a jail( correctional facility), but not too many save for rehabilitation, then released on parole promising good conduct. Yes, at times like these; justice is served by the jury: the people.

By Robert | October 20, 2011 9:35 PM

"I can not be happy about the death of anyone, but increasingly the dictators
are set to end that way.
is a pity that a people's struggle for their rights need to continue
with more and more deaths ... what Gaddafi saw it coming ....
Hopefully that the National Transitional Council is not more of the same...
I wish you Peace, respect and development for the Libyan people.

By Magnificent InvestmenT | October 20, 2011 9:37 PM

The Libyan people have got their democracy. I hope history will remember, one day, that he did bring his country from one of the poorest on the continent to the richest, to spreading the wealth and creating free education and free healthcare for all. Something a certain western country would do well to consider. Let us hope that the transitional council can fend off the extremeists as well as he did.

By meh | October 20, 2011 10:09 PM

The only people loosing out because of his death are Lawyers. They make a good case.

By Jack de Jong | October 21, 2011 4:13 AM

Come on, get out of it, we have all seen how some EU leaders were hugging him and others kissing his hands and others selling Gaddafi, Mubarak, Bin Ali and before that Saddam weapons, and still selling for other countirs like Saudi and Morroca and Algeria and the Gulf states.these are all dictatorships and you know that because you know who put these regimes in power. Now you want them to be prosecuted. IT IS FUNNY...

By karido | October 21, 2011 7:52 AM

Visitor. Do not forget that traitorous GB prime minister T. Blair. He had more dealing with this tyrant than is being let on.

By Thimbles | October 21, 2011 8:10 AM

It's pretty naive to think the rebel leaders would have ever allowed Qaddafi to be extradited to the Hague even if he had survived. The TNC refused to send the Lockerbie bomber, Ali al-Megrahi back to prison and refused to extradite any of Qaddafi's sons if they were to be captured. They are also showing signs of being religiously intolerant by refusing to allow Libyan Christians and Jews to openly worship.

By Quince | October 21, 2011 10:54 AM

Thimbles: correct, perhaps I should have mentioned the 400 year old Anglo-American Alliance that has been doing 'Quid pro quo' style business for eons.

By the visitor | October 21, 2011 2:04 PM

it's terrifying to see how people react on this issue. this is another example of western style bullying the world. If you have a chance to capture Gaddafi and at least question him about his offenses why do you choose to kill him instantly ? and please no one tell me that the rebels kill him. Ok he was a dictator and deserved to be punished. But what about France and US who will enjoy the oil of Libya ? are you really so naive that this was about democracy?

By Ozzix | October 21, 2011 2:28 PM

As I look around in the world we all live in, how many other Qaddafis" do I see?? There are many more the very same. Its a matter of time for the next to fall. This Is a dog eat dog world, but we must ALL find a way to get along...TOGETHER This fighting amongst ourselves have been going on since the beginning of time..such a power struggle. and the lost of many lives

By Howard de Barfield | October 21, 2011 3:35 PM

"In the past, freedom has been paid for with blood and gold. In these difficult economic times, it should not be too much to ask a country of Libya's wealth and resources to pay their share of gold" - Daniel Kawczynski (Chairman UK All party group for Libya). "British business executives should pack their suitcases and fly to Libya to win contracts to rebuild the country" - Phillip Hammond, UK Defence Secretary. I have always said their real interest is not in the unity of Libya but in their Oil reserves. Libya has the highest Oil reserves in Africa and the battle for oil contracts have truly started between UK and France, the two leading imperialists.

By Libyan | October 21, 2011 11:01 PM

Ossix Western style bullying the world? The rebels did kill him - watch the videos or tv. yes they had help from NATO - weapons. He died the same way he killed innocent people for years. Good ridding. Besides the Netherlands gets 31,000 barrels of oil per day from Libya. More than 85% of Libyan oil exports go to Europe. The rest go to Asia, Australia and the US.

By US visitor | October 22, 2011 11:17 PM

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.- And only then.

By Kate | October 22, 2011 11:21 PM

Commenters here are vastly content that sharia law has come to Libya,congrats to disguised ''democrats''

By niobe | October 24, 2011 10:02 AM

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