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ICC to investigate alleged humanity crimes in Libya

2011-03-04 03:33:10 GMT2011-03-04 11:33:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Libyan rebels take their position outside the easte Libyan town of Brega, March 3 2011. (Xinhua/Nasser Nouri)

Libyan rebels take their position outside the east Libyan town of Brega, March 3 2011.(Xinhua/Nasser Nouri)

Funeral procession : Libyan anti-government protesters carry the coffin of one of the Libyans killed in heavy fighting the previous day during a funeral procession on the road to the cemetery of Ajdabiya, 160 kms west of Benghazi. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)

Anti-Gaddafi protester carries the body of a miscarried baby he said died on Wednesday during clashes between rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces in Brega city, at the cemetery in Ajdabia area, 150 southwest of Benghazi, March 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The International Crime Court will investigate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his closest allies in the North African country for alleged crimes committed during the recent unrest, a prosecutor said here Thursday.

"The ICC will open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Libya since Feb. 15," said Prosecutor Luis Moreno- Ocampo.

He said the ICC had identified Gaddafi and several commanders and officials as having formal or de facto authority over the forces that may have committed the crimes.

Leaders of the Libyan opposition groups could also be investigated if they too commit crimes.

"There would be no impunity in Libya," Moreno-Ocampo said. "No one has authority to attack and massacre civilians."

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