UN slaps sanctions on Gaddafi

By ANITA SNOW – Associated Press – February 27, 2011

NEW YORK – The UN Security Council moved as a powerful bloc on Saturday to try to halt Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s deadly crackdown on protesters, slapping sanctions on him, his children and top associates.

Voting 15-0 after daylong discussions interrupted with breaks to consult with capitals back home, the council imposed an arms embargo and urged UN member countries to freeze the assets of Gaddafi, four of his sons and a daughter. The council also backed a travel ban on the Gaddafi family and close associates, including leaders of the revolutionary committees accused of much of the violence against opponents.

Council members additionally agreed to refer the Gaddafi regime’s deadly crackdown on people protesting his rule to a permanent war crimes tribunal for an investigation of possible crimes against humanity.