ICC wearing running thin with DRCFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has warned perpetrators of the deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo they face trial from the court.
She said the critical situation in the Central African country had left her “deeply concerned” for a number of weeks now her patience could not be tested any longer.
Bensouda has subsequently deployed a delegation from her office to the DRC.
Amongst those the delegation will meet during its mission that ends tomorrow (Thursday) will be official representatives of the DRC, members of political parties, civil society and the press.
The goal of the mission is to reiterate Bensouda’s call to all parties potentially involved irrespective of their official status or political affiliation to show restraint and ensure their supporters, sympathisers and agents refrained from committing violence.
Bensouda reiterated person who committed, ordered, incited, encouraged or contributed in any other way to the commission of crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC is liable to prosecution.
“I will not hesitate to take all appropriate steps to prosecute those responsible in accordance with the principle of complementarity,” she said.
Protests have characterized the failure to hold general elections initially set for May but postponed to April 2018.
Last month security forces and police shot dead 49 protesters in two days but government blamed opposition forces and banned all protests.
– CAJ News
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