U.N. rights investigators to start probe in Libya

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators said Friday they would go to Libya this month to begin a probe into alleged violations committed by both forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and rebels trying to topple him.

The independent three-member commission of inquiry, headed by American war crimes expert Cherif Bassiouni, declined to reveal their exact travel schedule but said that it would include stops in Egypt and Tunisia.

“We are going to Libya, both the eastern and western part of Libya,” Bassiouni told a news conference in Geneva. “An investigation has to be fair, impartial and independent. This is what we intend to do. We are leaving Geneva Sunday we hope to return by the ened of the month.”

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Mark Heinrich)

U.N. rights investigators to start probe in Libya