Al Jazeera to air Gaddafi regime phone calls

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 10-05-2012

Phone wire taps from the inner circle of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi are to be broadcast by Al Jazeera English at 17:00 GMT on 11 May.

Over 12,000 calls were intercepted on phones used by the Prime Minister Al Baghdadi al Mahmoudi and Gaddafi loyalist Tayeb El Safi, with conversations involving both Muammar and his son Saif Gaddafi.

The conversations, which took place between February and June 2011, include one where Saif Gaddafi ordered opponents to be killed.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, called the tapes "fascinating" and has told Al Jazeera that they should be given to the prosecutors in Libya.

"Saif was the boss, he was giving direct order to kill, to liquidate them, this is new for me this type of evidence... It is important to show the direct involvement of these people," Ocampo said.

The information will be included in two hour long news specials on Al Jazeera called 'Libya on the Line'. The first, concentrating on the dynamics of the Gaddafi regime, will air at 17:00 GMT on 11 May, and the second, looking at the regime's international relations, will follow at the same time the following week.