ICC: Good bye Fatou Bensouda.
The prosecutor of the famous international criminal court Fatou Bensouda has come to the end of her term of office. The 59 years old Gambian lawyer has tried to server the world in her capacity as a general prosecutor for 8 years after being the deputy prosecutor for 8 years. Mrs Bensouda took over from Argentine born Luis Gabriel Moreno Ocampo since the 15th of June 2012. Normally the term of office for the prosecutor of the ICC is 9 years, so Mrs Bensuda should be parking her bags now for another destination.
Fatou Bom Nyang, by her real name was born in Banjul the capital of Gambia (the smallest country in Africa) on the 31st January 1961 from polygamous family of 13 children. As a little girl she schooled in Bamjul and continued in the University Obafemi Awolowo in Nigeria. Bensouda in her days in the Hague aimed at fishing out war criminals and genocide despots. “The issue of justice and accountability seems to be … in my DNA.”
The institution was established with the intention of ending impunity for war criminals and genocidal tyrants across the world who might otherwise have considered themselves above the law; Fatou Bensouda, as such, might be described as the person from whom they most to feared. The then small schoolgirl had this to say with a smile, “It’s been a journey”.