ICC orders Burundi war crimes probe

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

ICC has unsealed its permission allowing Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate war crimes allegedly committed in Burundi.

The court’s judges had allowed investigations on October 25, two days before Bujumbura pulled out of the Rome Statute that established the court, on October 27, 2017.

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In their decision, the judges found there was "a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in relation to crimes against humanity".

At least 1,200 people have been killed in the civil unrest since 2015, court officials revealed Thursday.

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