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Australian ICC lawyer held in Libya says she acted consistent with legal obligations

International Criminal Court defense lawyer Melinda Taylor of Australia speaks to the media during a press conference in Voorburg, Netherlands, Friday, July 6, 2012, for the first time since she was released after being held by Libyan authorities for 26 days accused of endangering Libya's national security. Taylor said it would be impossible for her client, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, one of the sons of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi, to get a fair trial in Libya. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
July 06, 2012 - 7:42 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - An International Criminal Court defence lawyer held in Libya for more than three weeks says her detention shows that Moammar Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, cannot get a fair trial in Libya.

Speaking publicly for the first time since her release Monday, Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor said Friday that her actions in Libya were "consistent with my legal obligations" under court rules. She was accused by authorities of endangering national security while meeting in Libya with Seif al-Islam.

Taylor was released by rebels in the western town of Zintan after the Hague-based court apologized for the incident and pledged to investigate her and three colleagues held with her.

Taylor says it would be "impossible for Mr. Gadhafi to be tried in an independent and impartial manner" in Libya.

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