The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warning after some reports of election-related violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the long-delayed polls have been postponed yet again.
On Thursday, the DRC’s electoral board revealed that the long-delayed elections due to be held on Sunday will be postponed by a week after voting machines were destroyed in a warehouse fire.
In the statement, the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said: “Anyone who incites or participates in mass violence, by ordering, soliciting, encouraging or otherwise contributing to crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC is liable to prosecution before the court.
“No-one should doubt my determination to investigate such crimes and to prosecute them when conditions as defined by the Rome Statute are met.”
The presidential election had been scheduled for Sunday, but is now due to take place on 30 December.