International Criminal Court to Probe Mali Crisis

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court says it will launch a preliminary inquiry into the events that have taken place in Mali, where Islamist rebels have seized control of the country's north.

Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says the probe will determine whether to open a fuller investigation that could result in one or more persons being charged.

Bensouda says the inquiry comes at the request of Mali's justice minister Malick Coulibaly. Bensouda says the alleged crimes include rapes, executions, the use of child soldiers and the destruction of ancient sites.