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International court urged for Central African Republic

22 January 2015, 08:05

New York - The United Nations commission that has accused both sides in the conflict in Central African Republic of crimes against humanity is urging the UN to establish an international court to prosecute perpetrators.

Law professor Philippe Alston, a commission member, warned against a proposal being considered to set up a special criminal court in the country. He says the conflict-torn nation doesn't have judges with the ability to hold accountable "the major political players who need to be prosecuted".

Also Read: US ambassador: Ugandan rebel commander arrives at ICC

Alston told a news conference on Wednesday if a national court is approved by the UN and Central African Republic, it must have a majority of international judges and be well-funded.

Central African Republic has been rocked by sectarian violence over the past year that has killed at least 5 000 people.

- AP


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