Gaddafi shrugs off an international arrest warrant

Muammar Gaddafi has rejected the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant out against...

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Ntswe Mokoena/GCIS

Muammar Gaddafi has rejected the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant out against him, calling it a cover for the Nato bombing campaign on his installations in Libya.

The Libyan strongman is the second sitting head of state to face an arrest warrant from the war crimes court in The Hague.

His Justice Minister Mohammed al-Gamudi said his country does not accept the ICC's jurisdiction.

Al-Gamudi called the warrant a cover for Nato's continued attempts to assassinate Gaddafi.

The warrant narrows down the possible bolt holes for Gaddafi if he goes into exile.

It obliges signatories of the Rome Treaty to arrest him if he arrives in their countries, this includes South Africa where President Jacob Zuma has expressed his disappointment at the ICC ruling.