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ICC Prosecutor Foresees Trials Next Year


The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he expects the court to begin its first trials next year.

In remarks to the court's governing body in The Hague Monday, Luis Moreno Ocampo did not say which cases he expects to go before the judges.

But he said he hopes to seek arrest warrants against senior figures in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The court is investigating killings by armed groups in the central African nation.

Other court investigations are focused on alleged war crimes in Uganda and Sudan.

The court issued its first warrants earlier this year, for leaders of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army.

The International Criminal Court was set up in 2002 as the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.