Hundreds may be involved in gravest N.Korean crimes - investigator

by Reuters
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:21 GMT

A North Korean soldier looks out from a guard tower on the banks of Yalu River, about 100 km (62 miles) from the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

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(Corrects second paragraph to say Kirby is a former justice of the High Court of Australia, not chief justice)

GENEVA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Hundreds of North Korean officials are potentially liable for the worst crimes against humanity being committed in the isolated country, a U.N. Commission of Inquiry said on Monday.

Michael Kirby, a former justice of the High Court of Australia heading the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, was asked how many North Korean officials may have committed the gravest crimes documented by investigators.

"The potential would be running into hundreds I would think," Kirby told a news conference.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Stephanie Nebehay)

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