In Gabon War crimes prosecutor to examine situation after government request

Fatou Bensouda said she would review available information before deciding whether to open a formal investigation.

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Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda waits for former Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba to enter the courtroom of the ICC in The Hague play Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda waits for former Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba to enter the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, September 29, 2015. (REUTERS/Peter Dejong/Pool)
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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday she has begun a preliminary examination into the situation in Gabon at the request of the country's government.

Fatou Bensouda said in a statement she would review available information before deciding whether to open a formal investigation.

Gabon's President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the oil-producing central African country for nearly five decades, was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday. His narrow and disputed victory in August elections sparked violent protests.

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