ICC monitoring post-election violence in Ivory Coast
The International Criminal Court is monitoring post-election unrest in Ivory Coast and is prepared to investigate the violence, its deputy prosecutor said on Thursday.
"The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC was monitoring the situation in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ahead of the presidential elections of November 28 and we are continuing to do that," deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told AFP.
"If post-electoral violence that falls within the jurisdiction of the ICC is commited and Ivorian authorities will not do anything to investigate, then the ICC will do so," she said.
"We are urging the supporters of the candidates and the security forces to refrain from violence. We are also encouraging the political leaders to call on their supporters and fellow citizens to show restraint," she said.
Eight people were killed on Wednesday night when soliders opened fire near a local headquarters of candidate Alassane Ouattara.
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