“ICC has no mandate in Salone Election” Ambassador Kanu
The Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, Allieu Ibrahim Kanu, who doubles as Executive Director of Sierra Leone Institute of International Law has said in Freetown that the International Criminal Court (ICC) do not have any right mandating them observe or supervise elections in Sierra Leone.
He made this statement in response to President Koroma’s call in having the ICC supervise the soon to come 2012 Presidential elections.
Speaking at a press conference organized by the Institute of International Law in Sierra Leone, Ambassador Kanu told journalists that the ICC has no authorization or permission to monitor or observe elections in Sierra Leone at all.
That it is the responsibility of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to educate and sensitize government on issues of legality as he has a wealth of experience on ICC’s jurisdiction.
“He is in the position to advise government before coming up with any statement on concerning the ICC,” he said.
He went to explain that the ICC can be invited by a country to investigate and prosecute crimes committed under international law.
He appealed to President Koroma to speedily domesticate the Rome Statute, which he said will give government more powers to invoke the International Criminal Court in Sierra Leone.
He cautioned the Minister of Internal Affairs, Musa Tarawally to refrain from all forms of political violence in the country and observe peace in the country.
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