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Judges at ICC elects president

Irene Githinji @gitshee

International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have elected Judge Chile Eboe Osuji as the next President of court. Osuji, a Nigerian nationality, will head the Hague-based court for three years, taking over with immediate effect.

Judge Robert Fremr (Czech Republic), was elected the first Vice-President while Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France) will serve as second Vice-President. Osuji takes over from Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gumendi, an Argentinian lawyer, diplomat and judge.

The three were elected on Sunday during a plenary, which will also see the exit of Kenyan Judge Joyce Aluoch, who served as Vice President since 2015. A statement from ICC indicated that Osuji acknowledged his election and said he looked forward to collaborating with Assembly of States Parties (ASP), civil society and the international community in strengthening the Rome Statute system.

Osuji presided over the ICC cases against Deputy President William Ruto and former radio journalist, Joshua Sang. He pulled out of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case in 2014. Both cases were dropped.

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