ICC prosecutor seeks to open Ivory Coast war crimes probe

22nd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will ask judges Thursday for permission to launch a probe into post-election war crimes allegedly committed in Ivory Coast, his office said.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo "will request authorization from the judges to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Cote d'Ivoire," said a statement Wednesday.

UN investigators believe some 3,000 people died in the bloody post-election crisis before internationally recognised leader Alassane Ouattara finally ousted his rival Laurent Gbagbo following disputed elections last November.

Tens of thousands more have still to return to the homes they fled.


© 2011 AFP

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