"Time has come" to refer Syria war crimes to ICC: Del Ponte

GENEVA Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:53pm IST

Damaged buildings are seen after air force shelling in Karam Al-Tarrab neighborhood near Aleppo International Airport February 15, 2013. Picture taken February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Malek Al Shemali

Damaged buildings are seen after air force shelling in Karam Al-Tarrab neighborhood near Aleppo International Airport February 15, 2013. Picture taken February 15, 2013.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights investigator Carla del Ponte said on Monday the "time has come" for the Security Council to refer war crimes in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.

"We follow the chain of command to establish the responsibility of high political and miltiary suspects for the commission of crimes," she told a news briefing as the team released their latest report. "I think it is urgent that the ICC takes up this case of very high officials."

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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