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Fatou Bensouda Chosen as Next International Criminal Court Prosecutor

Parties to the international treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC) have selected Fatou B. Bensouda of the Gambia to be the next prosecutor.

Ms. Bensouda is expected to be elected on December 12 at the tenth session of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute, the court said in a press release.

She will assume office June 16 next year to replace Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina, who has been prosecutor since 2003 and whose term will come to an end.

Ms. Bensouda has served as ICC’s Deputy Prosecutor since September 2004 and worked as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where she rose to the position of senior legal adviser and head of the legal advisory unit.

The consultations for nominations lasted four weeks and included a series of meetings of the New York Working Group of the Bureau, where the four candidates shortlisted by the search committee were given the opportunity to present themselves to States Parties.

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