Ivorian crisis: ICC requests victims to make representations

New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) Friday called on the victims of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Cote d’Ivoire to send their comments on whether an investigations on such crimes should be opened.

In a statement, made available to PANA in New York, the ICC said: ``The alleged crimes should have been committed on the victims by any party following the presidential election of 28 November, 2010."

It said that it decided to call for representations on the victims because the ICC prosector would ``shortly request authorization from the Pre-Trial Chamber II to open an investigation into such alleged crimes."

It said that victims or their legal representations have 30 days from 17 June to send their comments to the Judges of the Pre-Trial Chamber.

``Victims can make their representations in writing to the Pre-Trial Chamber, which they should channel through the Registry to the postal address: International Criminal Court Pre Trial Chamber II, Situation in Cote d’Ivoire, P.O. Box 195192500 CM, The Hague The Netherlands,'' the statement noted  

It stated that the victims may also send their representations to the Pre-Trial Chamber to the following email address:  otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

``The Pre-Trial Chamber may request additional information from any of the victims who have made such representations, and may hold a hearing if it considers it appropriate,'' it said.

The ICC also added: "The Chamber will give notice of its decision on the Prosecutor’s request to victims who have made representations.  

``Should the judges authorize the opening of the investigation; victims will also have the opportunity to participate in the proceedings and, at a later stage, to request reparations,'' it concluded.
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17 juin 2011 15:55:00

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