ICC to probe Patience Jonathan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed receiving correspondence from All Progressives Congress (APC) against Patience Jonathan.

An online media, had written to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) seeking clarification on reports that the court had formally received a petition against the first lady from APC.

The response was that communication was received from APC and the petition would be given the necessary considerations within the ambit of the Nigeria constitution.

“Under Article 15 of the Rome Statute, the prosecutor of the ICC may receive information on crimes within the jurisdiction on the court (also called ‘communications’),” OTP said.

“With regards to your enquiry, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court can confirm receipt of the communication referred to since the sender of the communication has made this fact public in the media.”

Earlier, the United Kingdom arm of the APC claimed that the criminal court said it would begin investigating the wife of the president.

“The ICC based in The Hague has sent confirmation to APC UK, that an investigation will begin against Mrs Jonathan who repeatedly called for the stoning of opposition APC members as captured in the videos released earlier this month,” it said.

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, in a statement yesterday, threatened that anyone fuelling violence ahead of the election would be prosecuted.

“Any person who incites or engages in acts of violence in the context of the upcoming elections or otherwise – including by ordering, inciting, encouraging or contributing to the commission of crimes that fall within ICC’s jurisdiction – is liable to prosecution; either by Nigerian Courts or by the ICC,” the statement read.

“No one should doubt my office’s resolve to prosecute individuals responsible for the commission of ICC crimes, whenever necessary.”

The ICC prosecutor noted that it had already started to conduct independent and impartial investigations and prosecution of the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur, Sudan, Libya, Ivory Coast and Mali.

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