Monday, April 19, 2004

DRC: ICC to investigate possible war crimes

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sent a formal request and today, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced the court would investigate possible war crimes committed in the country.

The ICC had already received six complaints about atrocities in Ituri province, including two detailed reports from non-governmental organizations. However, the ICC needed the government to make the complaint in order to pursue the case.

The ICC's first investigation is of the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). That was announced back in January.