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ICC prosecutor formally asks to probe 2008 Georgia war

A picture taken on August 25, 2008 in Gori, Georgia shows women crying in front of the ruins of their house destroyed by a Russian bombingThe prosecutor for the world’s only permanent war crimes court Tuesday formally requested to open the tribunal’s first inquiry into alleged abuses by Russia, by probing its 2008 war with Georgia. In her request to a three-judge panel, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said a preliminary investigation had found evidence of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russian, Georgian and pro-Russian South Ossetian forces during the brutal, but swift, 2008 conflict. The initial inquiry had found “killings, forcible displacements and persecution of ethnic Georgian civilians, and destruction and pillaging of their property, by South Ossetian forces,” Bensouda said.

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