Gambia's Fatou Bensouda poised to head ICC

1st December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Fatou Bensouda is now officially the only remaining candidate to succeed Louis Moreno-Ocampo as chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The 50-year-old lawyer from Gambia is currently deputy to Moreno-Ocampo, a position set to end next year.

Bensouda previously worked as legal advisor to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania. She was nominated by President of the Assembly of States Parties ASP Christian Wenaweser after months of consultations with the body’s 119 member countries.

The ICC launched in 2002 as the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal. The court’s new chief prosecutor will officially be selected during the annual ASP meeting in New York on 12 December.

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