ICC prosecutor warns against election violence in the CAR

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Fatou Bensouda. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warning ahead of the general elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) this weekend.

Fatou Bensouda underlined that her office will record any incidence of violence or incitement to violence.

Citizens go to the polls this Sunday, 27 December to elect a President and representatives for the National Assembly.

The vote is part of the ongoing process to complete the transition in the country following nearly three years of sectarian fighting between Muslim and Christian groups.

Dianne Penn reports.

In a statement, Ms Bensouda said she has been "closely following" developments in the CAR.

Despite the volatile security situation, she noted there had been "strong participation" in the Constitutional referendum held earlier this month.

However, she was concerned by reported violence and threats aimed at intimidating and obstructing people from voting.

Ms Bensouda said the International Criminal Court (ICC) is continuing to gather evidence against people who incite or engage in acts of mass violence before, during and after the elections.

She stressed that those who incite or commit atrocity crimes will be held accountable, either by the national authorities or her court.

The ICC is also continuing its investigation into crimes committed in the CAR since August 2012.

Ms Bensouda said evidence is being collected with the aim of requesting arrest warrants for those responsible for serious crimes.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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