(LONDON) -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating claims and evidence that Moammar Gadhafi may have ordered the rape of hundreds of women and children in the struggle against rebel forces.
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo says there is evidence that Gadhafi is using rape as a weapon and even fueling the violence, encouraging members of his regime to take Viagra, according to BBC News.
Some witnesses reported that the Libyan government purchased containers of "Viagra-type" drugs in adherence to an official order "to enhance the possibility of rape," the Telegraph reports.
Moreno-Ocampo last month requested international arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Abdullah al-Sanussi, an intelligence chief, charging that they had committed crimes against humanity (murder and persecution). Moreno-Ocampo is now considering additional rape charges.
Moreno-Ocampo told U.N. reporters in New York that rape is not a method Gadhafi commonly used in the past, but rather it is a new form of punishment.
If the arrest warrants for Gadhafi are approved, it may prove difficult for Moreno-Ocampo to progress with his case. The Libyan government does not recognize ICC jurisdiction.
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