The barrister greatest identified for heading the United Nations’ particular investigative workforce wanting into Islamic State crimes in Iraq.
Events to the Worldwide Legal Courtroom on Friday elected Britain’s Karim Khan as the brand new prosecutor for a nine-year time period beginning on June 16.
Mr. Khan gained a secret poll towards three different candidates to switch lead prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The 123-member Hague-based courtroom, which started work practically 20 years in the past, handles warfare crimes, crimes towards humanity, genocide and crimes of aggression.
British barrister Karim is greatest identified for heading the United Nations’ particular investigative workforce wanting into Islamic State crimes in Iraq.
In his 27-year legislation profession Mr. Khan, who can also be Queens Counsel, has labored for nearly each worldwide felony tribunal i nroles in prosecution, defence and as counsel for victims. On the ICC Khan is greatest identified for being a lead defence counsel who has labored on instances from Kenya, Sudan and Libya.
There was intense political jostling for the highest ICC job at a time of heightened scrutiny of the prosecutor’s workplace.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration imposed sanctions final yr on courtroom employees together with Bensouda over investigations by her workplace into doable warfare crimes dedicated in Afghanistan, together with by American troops. The US is just not a member of the courtroom.
New U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will “totally evaluate” the sanctions on ICC officers, a State Division spokesman stated final month.
Then final week the courtroom stated it has jurisdiction over warfare crimes dedicated within the Palestinian territories, which coul dlead to an inquiry strongly opposed by non-ICC member Israel and the US.
One of many first selections by Mr. Khan might be whether or not to press forward with a full investigation into the Palestinian territories, the place Bensouda stated there’s a cheap foundation to conclude warfare crimes could have been dedicated by each Israeli forces and Palestinian armed teams.
“Karim’s in depth expertise in worldwide legislation can be pivotal in making certain we maintain these liable for probably the most heinous crimes to account and achieve justice for his or her victims,”Britain’s Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab posted on Twitter