ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda warns Burundian leaders over violence

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at past event. Ms Bensouda, in an application to ICC judges, wants her team to be allowed to rely and use statements collected and recorded outside the courtroom prior to the case to strengthen its case. AFP PHOTO | SEYLLOU.

What you need to know:

  • Ms Bensouda said as witnessed in Kenya and Ivory Coast, electoral competition, when gone astray, can trigger large-scale crimes falling under the jurisdiction of the ICC.
  • She said political leaders in Burundi are responsible for ensuring the elections are conducted peacefully.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has put the Burundian leaders on notice as pre-election political violence threatens to spiral out of control ahead of the June 26 presidential elections.

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