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International court to look into Central African Republic crime allegations: prosecutor

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court will open a preliminary examination into crimes allegedly committed during the conflict in the Central African Republic, the court's prosecutor said in a statement on Friday. "The plight of civilians in CAR since September 2012 has gone from bad to worse," said prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in a statement, adding that some victims of crimes, which included alleged killings and acts of rape and sexual slavery, appeared to have been singled out on religious grounds.

ICC prosecutor to probe 'serious crimes' in C.Africa

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Friday she has opened an initial probe into "serious crimes" committed in the Central African Republic, the scene of spiralling sectarian violence. "My office has reviewed many reports detailing acts of extreme brutality... and allegations of serious crimes being committed. I have therefore decided to open a preliminary investigation into this... situation," she said in a statement in The Hague.

ICC prosecutor to probe 'serious crimes' in C.Africa

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Friday she has opened an initial probe into "serious crimes" committed in the Central African Republic, the scene of spiralling sectarian violence. "My office has reviewed many reports detailing acts of extreme brutality... and allegations of serious crimes being committed. I have therefore decided to open a preliminary investigation into this... situation," she said in a statement in The Hague. jhe/ric

End attacks on civilians in Central African Republic: Hague prosecutor

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor called for an end to attacks on civilians in the Central African Republic on Monday, saying parties involved in the escalating violence risked being investigated and prosecuted. "The deteriorating security situation over the past several days has contributed to the escalation of unlawful killings, sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers and other grave crimes, across the country," Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.

ICC prosecutor warns as Central African rebels advance

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda warned on Friday that the court will "not hesitate" to investigate alleged crimes committed in the Central African Republic, where rebels were advancing on the capital Bangui. "I am deeply concerned about reports of the worsening situation in the Central African Republic and allegations of the commission of serious crimes," Bensouda said in a statement issued from The Hague.

UPDATE 1-War crimes prosecutor to investigate Mali conflict

By Sara Webb AMSTERDAM, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said she had launched a formal investigation into suspected war crimes in Mali, following rebels' seizure of large tracts of the west African state. Long considered one of West Africa's most stable democracies, Mali descended into chaos in March when soldiers toppled the president, leaving a power vacuum that enabled Tuareg rebels to seize two-thirds of the territory.
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