by Hannah Dunphy on 30 Jun 2012 | Comments
Melinda Taylor, an Australian defence lawyer, is being detained in Libya in connection with her work at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
She travelled to Libya last week to visit Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is facing trial for alleged crimes against humanity, along with interpreter Helen Assaf and two senior Registry representatives. They had been granted permission by the Libyan authorities to visit him to inform him of current proceedings in the ICC’s case against him.
Ms Taylor has been accused of trying to pass on coded documents to Saif al-Islam—charges which could amount to espionage or violations of Libya’s national security. We have serious concerns for her safety.
Let’s make sure International Criminal Court staff, including Melinda Taylor, can conduct their work without hindrance so they can deliver justice for Libyan victims.
Tell the Libya authorities to immediately release Melinda Taylor, ICC staff and others in prolonged detention. Your message will go to the Libyan Prime Minsiter, Abdel Rahim al-Kib.