…human rights groups, NGOs, experts and academics have recently been calling for the removal of International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, citing management style issues, legal incompetence, and inappropriate political statements made (including his seeking a warrant for Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.) From the Guardian:
Supporters of the court fear that Moreno-Ocampo’s style of management is damaging the court’s credibility and its ability to prosecute those responsible for crimes against humanity. He has been accused of alienating senior staff and seriously misreading the situation in Sudan.
We have closely followed the Thomas Lubanga case, where Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s procedural incompetence almost allowed for the release of a notorious war criminal and recruiter of child soldiers. Lubanga’s case is currently in appeal (see these six earlier posts). To recap…
The judges ruled that the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga could not have a fair trial because the prosecutor had wrongly used confidentiality agreements to withhold evidence that might have pointed to his innocence on charges of conscripting child soldiers.