Poverty-stricken Central African Republic to limit range of special court


A new Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic (CAR) will have limited scope due to the high cost of investigating widespread human rights abuses, top lawyers said on Tuesday.

The court opened in November  and will decide cases involving violations of human rights or international humanitarian law committed in the country since 2003, including war crimes and genocide.

“Given the huge number of crimes committed in the Central African Republic, it is impossible to treat everything… it is necessary to focus on a small area of intervention,” said Michel Landry Louanga, the court president, in the capital Bangui.

A special prosecutor said the court needed to take monetary resources into account.

The Special Criminal Court consists of 25…

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