3 Jul 2012

ICC officials now freed

6:06 am on 3 July 2012

Libya has freed four International Criminal Court officials who were detained for nearly a month.

Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor and a Lebanese-born interpreter Helene Assaf were accused of smuggling documents to Muammar Gaddafi's captured son Saif al-Islam.

Two male colleagues remained with Ms Taylor and Ms Assaf during their detention.

The four are due to leave for Europe on Monday on a flight arranged by the Italian government.

Ms Taylor was appointed by the court to represent Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, whom the ICC wants extradited to face charges of war crimes allegedly committed during the uprising that toppled his father last year.

Libya has said it wants to try Saif al-Islam in its own courts.