Belgian becomes Chief Prosecutor
14 November 2007, BRUSSELS - Belgium's Serge Brammertz is to succeed Carla Del Ponte as the Chief Prosecutor at the UN War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
14 November 2007
BRUSSELS - Belgium's Serge Brammertz is to succeed Carla Del Ponte as the Chief Prosecutor at the UN War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the Belgian on Tuesday.
Mr Brammertz will take over on 1 January 2008. Mr Brammertz, from the German-speaking town of Eupen in the east of the country, has until now led the United Nations investigation into the killing in 2005 of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri.
This was a particularly delicate investigation because of the presumed involvement of the Syrian authorities in the slaying of the Lebanese PM.
The Belgian is being succeeded by a Canadian magistrate Daniel Bellemare.
Next month Mr Brammertz will present his last report on Lebanon to the UN Security Council.
How long the 45-year-old Serge Brammertz will stay in the job depends on whether or not some of the notorious figures in the wars in the former Yugoslavia can still be caught.
The court is due to close by 2010.
However, it may stay open longer if the fugitive Bosnian Serb leaders General Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are arrested.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news