The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Asad Ahmad Khan KC has requested to meet Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio at the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to hold in New York. 

Minister of Information and Civic Education, Chernor Bah confirmed the invitation in a Tweet on Wednesday.

According to Bah, the meeting is to “discuss Sierra Leone’s leadership with regard to matters related to the ICC” and the country’s “tenure as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.”

Earlier on Tuesday, a letter reportedly sent by the International Court to President Bio made rounds on social media. Whilst the ICC did not state the reason for the invitation in the said letter, they said their “Office attaches great importance to this meeting and hopes its request can be accommodated.”

Since the conclusion of the June 24, 2023, presidential elections, Sierra Leone has been embroiled in a heated political situation after the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) boycotted governance in protest of the alleged irregularities and violations of the electoral procedures.

The United States through the spokesperson, Mathew Miller, also raised concerns about irregularities in the election results announced by the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL). The department, in its statement from July 24, voiced its unease over accounts of threats, including those of a lethal nature, directed at local and international observers, civil society groups, and election commission members.

It is not particularly clear as at press time if the invitation by the ICC prosecutor is connected to the recent elections.