A few weeks ago, Melinda Taylor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was detained in Libya while traveling with three other ICC staff members. Taylor, the court-appointed defense counsel to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was accused of trying to pass illegal documents to Saif al-Islam. She was held in detention in Zintan, Libya, along with one of her colleagues.
As of July 2, 2012, ICC attorney Melinda Taylor and interpreter Helene Assaf were both released from Libya. The announcement of their release was made during ICC president Sang-Hyun Song’s visit to Zintan, where the two were being held.
Last week, the ICC apologized to Libyan authorities. The statement read, “The ICC deeply regrets any events that may have given rise to concerns on the part of the Libyan authorities,” and continues, “the Court will ensure that anyone found responsible for any misconduct will be subject to appropriate sanction.”
Following Taylor and Assaf’s release, the ICC has promised to conduct any investigations necessary in accordance with Libyan policy.