British Judge Karim Khan was chosen tonight (Friday to Saturday) as the next chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Khan has been elected by representatives of the member states of the tribunal and will replace Pato in the foundation, which will end its term this coming June.
In his role, Khan, who will serve for the next nine years, will be required to discuss issues that Basuda will not be able to complete before the end of her term, including a court ruling that he has the authority to investigate alleged crimes committed by Israel and Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The vote tonight took place after the attempt to decide on the identity of the plaintiff in the first round of voting failed. Alongside Khan competed Carlos Castersana Fernandez of Spain, Pergal Gaynor of Ireland and Francesco Lou Wu of Italy. After a first round of voting, no candidate obtained the required absolute majority. Khan led with 59 votes, followed by Gaynor with 47. Fernandez received 12 votes and Lu Wei five. The delegates then voted in the second round in which Khan won.
Khan, the UN Assistant Secretary-General, is leading a UN inquiry into the crimes against humanity committed by ISIS operatives in Iraq. His deep acquaintance with the tribunal’s work stems, among other things, from his tenure as defense attorney. Roto, and persuaded the judges to drop the charges against him.
Last week, the International Criminal Court ruled in a precedent-setting decision that it allows a prosecutor in the court to open a criminal investigation against various elements in the State of Israel. In its decision, the tribunal also allowed an investigation to be launched against Hamas in Gaza.
The tribunal ruled that the Palestinian Authority is a company under the Treaty of Rome, and is therefore entitled to hear petitions that have taken place in Judea, Samaria and Gaza and East Jerusalem. The decision removes all legal barriers that have so far faced the tribunal to investigate issues that have occurred in these territories.
The Treaty of Rome is an international treaty establishing the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in The Hague to conduct investigations and conduct legal proceedings. The Convention is signed by 138 countries and deals mainly with genocide crimes, crimes against humanity and other war crimes.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the decision: “Today the tribunal once again proved that it is a political body and not a judicial institution. The tribunal ignores the real war crimes and instead pursues the State of Israel, a state with a strong democratic regime, which sanctifies the rule of law, and is not a member of the tribunal. “.
He added that “in this decision, the tribunal violated the right of democracies to protect themselves from terrorism, and played into the hands of those who are undermining efforts to expand the peace circle. We will continue to protect our citizens and soldiers from legal persecution in every way.”
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