Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda Takes Helm as ICC Prosecutor


Fatou Bensouda is sworn in as chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.


Fatou Bensouda, a former justice minister from the West African nation of Gambia, was sworn inFriday as chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Bensouda is the first person from an African country to hold the post. She follows the nearly 10-year run of Argentinian Luis Moreno Ocampo, who is stepping down and was fiercely criticized for unfairly targeting African suspects for prosecution.

Although the African Union lobbied vigorously for Bensouda to gain the pivotal position, she has said her commitment to justice won’t be clouded by her continental ties.

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