Venezuela accused of crimes against humanity

By Daud Olatunji BBC News, Lagos The chaos in Venezuela can be felt all over the capital The International Criminal Court is looking into claims that crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela….

Venezuela accused of crimes against humanity

By Daud Olatunji

BBC News, Lagos

The chaos in Venezuela can be felt all over the capital

The International Criminal Court is looking into claims that crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela. The ICC prosecutor has requested an open preliminary examination of the situation in the South American country. The ICC does not have the power to issue a formal warrant for the arrest of anyone. The ICC is an independent court based in The Hague, and investigates alleged crimes against humanity on the request of countries that sign up to the ICC. ICC said probe was to start Monday The chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has requested an open preliminary examination of the situation in Venezuela on the allegations that crime of crime against humanity has been committed. “There is serious concern in the international community about the situation in Venezuela. We believe that it is relevant to begin an examination to collect more information so that it can be properly considered for prosecution,” the chief prosecutor told journalists in The Hague. He said the probe began on Monday, and would last a year. Before an investigation can begin, the state has to agree to it. The ICC can only investigate crimes committed since the beginning of 2010. Venezuela has refused to sign up to the ICC, and does not recognise its authority. Washington has filed a formal request for the appointment of an international tribunal, because it wants to try Joaquim Torres-Garcia, an accused human rights abuser, at home.

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