ICC Prosecutor to Visit Ivory Coast in War Crimes Probe

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court's top prosecutor will visit Ivory Coast over the next few days, as part of an investigation into possible war crimes during post-election violence.

Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Friday he will meet with victims and also officials on both sides of the conflict.

President Alassane Ouattara won the November poll, but violence broke out after then-president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down.

The United Nations says at least 3,000 people were killed during the power struggle that followed. And the world body says it has evidence that both sides committed atrocities.

Earlier this month, the Hague-based ICC court authorized a probe into whether war crimes were committed.

Mr. Ouattara was sworn into office after Mr. Gbagbo was seized in April and placed under house arrest.

Earlier this month, President Ouattara launched a reconciliation panel to help unify the nation and vowed to hold accountable anyone responsible for crimes during the political struggle.