The Hague announces preliminary Libya probe

2011-02-28 13:20

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today announced a preliminary probe of possible crimes against humanity committed in Libya, after a referral by the United Nations.

“The office is currently assessing allegations of widespread or systematic attacks against the civilian population,” prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told journalists in The Hague.

The UN Security Council on Saturday referred the situation in Libya to the ICC, saying “the widespread and systematic attacks currently taking place (in Libya) against the civilian population may amount to crimes against humanity”.

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