Hague court to investigate Ivory Coast killings

Oct 3, 2011, 1:56 a.m.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court granted the prosecutor on Monday the right to launch an investigation into post-election violence committed in the Ivory Coast since late last year.

ICC chief prosecutor Luis Morno-Ocampo requested in June the right to open an investigation, alleging that forces loyal to ousted Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo as well as those backing his rival, Alassane Ouattara, committed war crimes.

Moreno-Ocampo has said at least 3,000 people were killed and 520 people were arbitrarily detained in the violence.

(Reporting By Aaron Gray-Block)

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