Sex abuse victims urge Hague court to investigate Pope

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 7:24 AM
Sex abuse victims urge Hague court to investigate Pope

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A group representing sexual abuse victims is accusing Pope Benedict and three top Vatican officials of crimes against humanity in a formal declaration lodged with the International Criminal Court.

The group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the human rights group Center for Constitutional Rights said on Tuesday they had filed a complaint with the ICC alleging that Vatican officials tolerated and enabled the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes.

The Hague-based ICC is the world's first permanent war crimes court.

(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block)