ICC hearings in the Saif Al Islam Gaddafi case, originally scheduled for 8 and 9 October, have been re-scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 and 10 October, from 09:30 to 16:00.
On 14 September 2012 a panel of judges at Pre-trial Chamber I ordered the convening of a hearing on Libya's challenge to the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of former Libyan leader, Maurmar Gaddafi.
On 1 May 2012, the Chamber received a application on behalf of the Government of Libya challenging the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and filed a motion on 2 May 2012 requesting an Oral Hearing in Respect of its Admissibility Challenge. Subsequent to this and other procedures the panel of judges decided to convene a hearing on the matter.
The Chamber considered it appropriate to convene a hearing where Libya will be given a further opportunity to provide its reply to the Responses orally together with submissions of the other parties and participants to the admissibility proceedings.
At the same hearing, Libya will also be given the opportunity to complement its previous submissions and evidence relevant to its Admissibility Challenge.
At the hearing, the Prosecutor, the defence and the victims will also be given an opportunity to present further submissions and evidence relevant to the Admissibility Challenge. The Chamber will also make questions and seek any necessary clarifications from Libya, should the need arise. In this respect, in light of the issues to be discussed, the Chamber considers that the personal attendance of the Libyan Prosecutor-General at the hearing would be of assistance. The Chamber will also decide, at the hearing, on the need to allow final written submissions on the Admissibility Challenge.
In order to ensure the proper conduct of the hearing, the Chamber considers it necessary to set Wednesday, 3 October 2012, as the time-limit for the submission of any additional evidence upon which the participants intend to rely at the hearing.