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War Crimes Court's Next Target: NATO?

ICC cites allegations of civilian deaths in Libya
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2011 8:36 AM CST
NATO Could Face War Crimes Probe
NATO forces may face an International Criminal Court review.   (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

(Newser) – Is the International Criminal Court's next target NATO? Some NATO officials fear an investigation is nigh, after the ICC's prosecutor said Libya war-crimes allegations would be reviewed "impartially and independently," NATO-affiliated diplomats tell the AP. But an examination of allegations won't necessarily lead to an investigation, and in an effort to avoid a probe, NATO may soon launch an internal review of civilian casualty cases. NATO says it conformed to UN guidelines "to take all necessary measures to protect civilians."

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Still, "in the event we receive a request for information, NATO is prepared to assist in any way it can," an official says. "We are not talking about any specific incident," says ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. "We are saying, 'Yes, if there are allegations of crimes we will review that." But concerns over an investigation have prompted tension among members, insiders say. (Read more NATO stories.)

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