Libya security forces are accused of using sexual enhancement drugs and gang-raping protesting women by stopping them at the checkpoints by the International Criminal Court prosecutor.
The Hague court will investigate allegations of institutionalized rape in the country, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine lawyer and prosecutor of ICC, is reported to have told on Monday.
He said that the women were captivated by police and gang-raped, after being stopped at the check-point as they were found carrying flags of rebels.
There are rapes. The issue is who organized them. They were committed in some police barracks. Were the policemen prosecuted? What happened? he asked.
There were reports of the use of male sexual enhancement drugs, like a machete, which he called a tool of massive rape.
Susab E. Rice, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations was reported to have told the U.N. Security Council in April that Moammar Qaddafi was reportedly distributing tablets of Viagra to his front line troops to help them rape women.
The media organizations which covered the report said Rice did not have any evidence to back it up and the information was attributed to a U.N. diplomat present in the meeting.
Another prominent rape case in this war-torn country was that of Eman al-Obeidy who had been taken from a checkpoint east of Tripoli and held against her will for two days while beaten and raped by 15 men loyal to Gadhafi.
Moreno-Ocampo did not have the number of how many women had been raped in Libya since the start of the civil war as he said, “what happens inside the barracks with women is more difficult to know.”
So we are investigating. We are not ready to present the case yet, but I hope in the coming month, we'll add charges or review the charges for rapes. He added.