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War crimes investigation training held

LYON, France, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- An Interpol training course is under way in France on investigating and prosecuting genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

More than 60 security authorities from 22 countries are at Interpol headquarters in France participating in the first ever training course on the difficulties of successfully investigating and prosecuting genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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The five-day course, which concludes Friday, is designed to bring together international experts to address the complexities that law-enforcement agencies and other national and international security authorities face when dealing with protecting witnesses, among other aspects of properly handling a war crimes case.

"This initiative is an ideal opportunity to create a model training course in this specific and very important area," Jean-Michel Louboutin, Interpol executive director of police services, said in a statement.

"This training is all the more important given the increase in the number of specialized units working in the field in recent years."

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