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Firms face 'blood diamond' probe

The International Criminal Court is to investigate companies suspected of dealing in so-called “blood diamonds” – gems sold to finance civil wars in Africa – originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mass killings in the DR Congo was the “most important case since World War Two”, chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo warned on Tuesday, adding that exposing international money flows will be an important part of his work. The ICC which came into existence last year and has the mandate of trying war crimes and genocide will investigate businesses in at least 29 countries. More than three million people died during DR Congo’s five year war which pulled in neighbouring countries and ended in 2002. Full Story

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