Gambian Elected As ICC Chief Prosecutor

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Fatou Bensouda of Gambia has been elected as the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

The former Gambian justice minister, was elected Monday at a meeting of ICC member states at the United Nations.

The 50-year-old Bensouda has served as the ICC's deputy prosecutor since 2004. She takes over as chief prosecutor in June, when Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina steps down after eight years on the job.

Bensouda is the first African to hold the high-profile post at the ICC, which many African leaders have criticized as unfairly focusing on the continent.

All of the court's cases so far have been in African countries.

Bensouda recently beat out 51 other candidates to win the endorsement of the ICC Prosecutor Search Committee.

The International Criminal court was founded in 2002 to prosecute individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.