The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Tuesday her office wants to investigate alleged crimes by groups claiming allegiance to the Islamic State and other extremist groups in Libya. Fatou Bensouda said in a briefing to the UN Security Council and an interview with The Associated Press that her office is actively considering
the investigation and prosecution of new cases but has been “greatly hampered” by the insecurity in Libya and a lack of funds. She said she requested $11 million for her office this year but the court’s 123 member states authorized less than $7 million. The overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 has spawned chaos in Libya. Militant groups operate freely in the country, which is torn between a militia-backed government in Tripoli and an internationally recognized government in the east.