Dakar, May 22 (APS) – Gambia Fatou Bensouda, the outgoing prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, said on Saturday in Dakar that he considered a “quite positive” nine-year term in this international court.
“I am at the end of my term, a prosecutor is elected for nine years, he was elected in 2012 until 2021, in a few days he will end. I think I made a fairly positive assessment in view of all the work that has been completed. “There have been real successes, challenges and challenges,” the prosecutor said.
Bensouda was promoted to the post of Commander of the National Lion Battalion on Friday by Senegalese head of state Maki Sal, who assured that he would raise the level of the ICC.
“I think the level at which I found the ICC is much higher today and I thank everyone, the States, Africa and especially Senegal for the support I had during my tenure,” he told a news conference.
It took a lot of dedication and motivation to carry out a difficult job as a prosecutor at the ICC, the Gambian judge noted, noting that co-operation is important in this mission, in addition to the attitude of a diplomat to conduct investigations in various countries.
In the challenges, the most difficult part concerns the witnesses because we have a responsibility to secure the witnesses. We saw in the example of Kenya, witnesses were found and turned against the court that led to the abandonment of this file, even for President Uhuru Kenyatta who is accused of crimes against humanity after the 2007 presidential election that left 1,300 dead “sad, for example.
Everything is done in negotiation, because we do not have the power of oppression. We are still negotiating with the country for the orders. If we start a research, we will see who to work with in that country. (…) Sometimes we do not need any help, we come to conduct our research normally. “The job is very difficult,” he admitted.
The Gambian judge says she is guided by “transparency” throughout her term, which ends on June 14.
In the C πουte d’Ivoire case, the outgoing ICC prosecutor said she had no regrets following the acquittal of Lorent Gugbo, the former president of C Εte d’Ivoire, and Blue Goode, ICC.
“I only did my job as a prosecutor in the case of Laurent Gbagbo and Blé Goudé, I had nothing personal in this case, it was my job, a priesthood to fulfill. “We had great difficulty in presenting the evidence and when we finished, the judges deemed it insufficient,” Ms Bensouda said.
He believes that he has not attacked anyone in this matter. “I did my job, I am a prosecutor, if I judge that the law was not said correctly, I took the upper hand based on the legal aspects that did not convince me,” he said, stressing that he has a responsibility as a prosecutor to leave a case law.
He says things were very “complicated” in this case, as three out of two judges disagreed with the evidence presented. “I respect their decision, I did my job, I have nothing against Gbagbo and I do not regret it,” he insisted.
The judge also returned to the sanctions imposed on her by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.
It was very difficult, my visa was confiscated. The Trump administration got tired of us, we had a lot of worries, but that did not stop me from doing my job. Today, fortunately, the new administration Joe Biden believes that these sanctions did not make sense that a prosecutor who does his job should be punished.
“Some people spread the information that the ICC gives only in Africa. I would like to point out that other countries such as Colombia, Palestine, Venezuela, the Philippines, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Georgi, Ukraine, etc.” defended herself.
He reminded that the primary responsibility for solving crimes against humanity lies first with the states before the intervention of the ICC.