November 18, 2010 / 5:20 PM / in 7 years

ICC prosecutor opens probes into Nigeria, Honduras

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor has started preliminary investigations in Nigeria and Honduras, he said on Thursday, signs that the global war crimes court is widening the scope of its probes.

<p>International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo addresses the media after meeting Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki (R) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga (L) in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya</p>

Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters in his office in The Hague that the ICC had started inquiries into events surrounding last year’s coup in Honduras when the military ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

He declined to give further details about the Nigerian case.

The ICC is so far formally investigating five “situations”, all of which are in Africa: the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

Honduras and Nigeria join a list of other countries where it is conducting preliminary examinations to determine whether it has the jurisdiction to open formal investigations. The list also includes Afghanistan, Colombia, Georgia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and the Palestinian territories.

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