ICC to Investigate Up to Six in Ivory Coast

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says up to six people will be investigated for their alleged roles in Ivory Coast's deadly post-election violence.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo said late Saturday the ICC probe will focus on those believed to be the most responsible for the violence. He said investigators do not know who those people are.

The ICC recently authorized a probe into possible war crimes in Ivory Coast. Some 3,000 people were killed after incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to election winner Alassane Ouattara.

Pro-Ouattara forces captured Gbagbo in April. ICC judges have said there is evidence that fighters on both sides committed atrocities during the conflict.

Moreno-Ocampo met with Prime Minister Guillaume Soro after arriving in Ivory Coast late Friday. He also plans to also hold talks with representatives of the government and opposition, and from the Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation.

President Ouattara recently created the commission to help unify the country. He has vowed to hold accountable anyone responsible for war crimes.