ICC team released from Libya arrives in the Netherlands

Posted at 07/03/2012 8:12 AM | Updated as of 07/03/2012 8:12 AM

THE HAGUE - Four envoys of the International Criminal Court who were detained in Libya last month after visiting the son of slain leader Moamer Kadhafi, Tuesday arrived in the Netherlands, an ICC spokesman said.

"They have just arrived in the Netherlands," Fadi El-Abdallah told AFP but he declined to name the airport where their plane landed just before 1:00 am (2300 GMT Monday). "They will be joined by their families shortly," he said.

The four earlier flew to Rome "on a plane generously provided by the Italian government," and changed to a charter flight.

Italian news agency ANSA earlier reported that the plane was headed to Rotterdam airport from Rome.

The four, including Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor, had been held in Zintan southwest of Tripoli since June 7 after travelling there to help prepare Seif al-Islam's defence.

Taylor was accused of carrying a pen camera and attempting to give Seif al-Islam a coded letter from his former right-hand man, Mohammed Ismail, who is wanted by the Libyan authorities.

The other three detained ICC staffers were Taylor's interpreter from Lebanon, Helen Assaf, and two colleagues, Russian Alexander Khodakov and Esteban Peralta Losilla from Spain.

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