- The International Criminal Court’s Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has confirmed the preliminary examination by the international court in Guinea following the September clashes in the capital Conakry.
According to the communiqué issued by the ICC, a preliminary examination of the situation has been immediately initiated in order to determine whether crimes falling under the Court’s jurisdiction have been perpetrated.
“From the information we have received, from the pictures I have seen, women were abused or otherwise brutalized on the pitch of Conraky’s stadium, apparently by men in uniform,” said Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Thousands of demonstrators showed up at a stadium to protest the rule of Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who seized power in the West African nation in a bloodless coup in December.
Ms Bensouda termed the recent attacks as barbaric and unacceptable, saying those responsible should be held accountable.
The September violence which killed at least 157 people and left 1,200 injured when security forces attacked tens of thousands of protesters, was the It was the worst outbreak of violence since Captain Camara seized power last December.
The African Union has given Captain Camara until mid-October to confirm he will not stand in presidential elections scheduled 31 January warning of sanctions if he misses that deadline.
The Office of the Prosecutor is currently investigating in four situations: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Uganda, the Darfur region of Sudan, and the Central African Republic, all still engulfed in various degrees of conflict with victims in urgent need of protection.
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