ICC to probe abuse allegations against ex-staffer

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has ordered an independent inquiry into allegations that a former staff member in Congo sexually assaulted four people in the court’s victims and witness protection program.

The court said Thursday that an initial probe that began in April “confirmed the seriousness of the allegations and the need for more detailed investigation.”

No details of the alleged abuse have been released, but they are an embarrassment to the court, which is trying to end impunity for widespread rape and sex assaults in conflicts in Congo and elsewhere.

The court says a four-person panel of experts will probe the claims and also look into which managers were responsible for the alleged perpetrator and how the court reacted to the claims.

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