New ICC Prosecutor Vows To 'revive' Troubled Tribunal


New ICC prosecutor vows to 'revive' troubled tribunal

The Hague, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Jun, 2021 ) :Britain's Karim Khan was sworn in on Wednesday as the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court with a promise to "revive" the troubled tribunal after a string of high-profile failures.

Khan, who inherits a bulging file of tough cases including in the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan and the Philippines, lamented that the Hague-based ICC had previously achieved "so little so often" in terms of convictions.

The remarks by the 51-year-old former defence lawyer come after outgoing prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was criticised for a string of setbacks including the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo.

Khan said he wanted to "build upon the solid ground" left by Bensouda "but also to repair what is broken, to rejuvenate, to revive in the quest for greater efficiency and greater impact.

" "We have to perform in trial. We cannot invest so much, we cannot raise expectations so high, and achieve so little so often in the courtroom," Khan said in a speech after being sworn in.

Khan was elected by ICC member states in February to serve a nine-year tenure, as only the third prosecutor at the world's only permanent war crimes court since it launched in 2002.

ICC chief judge Piotr Hofmanski said during the swearing-in ceremony that being prosecutor was a "tough job" but hailed Khan's "outstanding credentials."