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ICC Prosecutor Statement on the occasion of the 28 September 2013 elections in Guinea

Posted by African Press International on September 28, 2013

Parliamentary elections will be held in Guinea today 28 September 2013. This da y also marks the fourth anniversary of the tragic events that took place on 28 September 2009 at the Conakry national stadium, during which serious crimes under the International Criminal Court‘s jurisdiction were allegedly committed against the civilian population. Since then, my Office has been conducting a preliminary examination of the situation in Guinea.

In accordance with my Office’s policy of encouraging national proceedings, my Office has been engaging with the Guinean authorities on an ongoing basis. As a result, a national investigation into the events of 28 September 2009 is underway and already several persons who may be amongst those most responsible for the crimes committed have been charged. I encourage the authorities to continue their efforts and to ensure that justice is done for the victims as soon as possible. I also urge the international community to support Guinea’s efforts in this regard.

At the same time, it is my Office’s sincere hope that the unfortunate events= of September 2009 will not be repeated. On the eve of the long awaited elec tions, tension is palpable in the streets of Conakry and the rest of the cou= ntry. In these circumstances, appeals for calm and restraint by the political leaders of all parties are particularly welcome. Let me again stress that anyone who seeks to incite violence, to order, request, encourage or cont= ribute in any other way to the commission of crimes falling within the ambit= of the Court’s subject matter jurisdiction is liable to be prosecuted befor e the International Criminal Court. There will be no impunity for international crimes committed in Guinea.

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