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MOSCOW, June 11 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Embassy in Tripoli, in coordination with the diplomatic missions of interested countries in Libya, is taking efforts in cooperation with the Libyan authorities towards the speediest release of International Criminal Court (ICC) officials.
“On June 7, a group of four ICC officials was detained in the town of Zintan, including Alexander Khodakov of Russia, who is an external relations adviser in the ICC Secretariat,” the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, June 11.
“The delegation arrived in Libya for a meeting with the former Libyan leader’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who has been arrested by the local authorities, in connection with his upcoming trial.
The Libyan side claims that during the meeting between the ICC officials and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor and her interpreter, a citizen of Lebanon, tried to pass “suspicious” materials to Gaddafi and decided to detain them for an investigation.
“According to the information available to us, the Libyans did not have any complaints against the Russian citizen. He decided to stay with his colleagues in Zintan on his own free will, including for reasons for professional ethics,” the ministry said.
“The Russian Embassy in Tripoli, in coordination with the diplomatic missions of interested countries in Libya, is taking efforts in cooperation with the Libyan authorities towards the speediest release of ICC officials,” the ministry said.
Khodakov, a former Russian diplomat, used to head the Foreign Ministry’s Law Department and was Russia’s ambassador to the Netherlands.