As we've discussed (see here, here, here, here, and here), the ASP memebrs were charged with electing a new Chief Prosecutor and six judges. There is confirmation today that Fatou Bensouda (left), who emerged as a consensus candidate, has been elected as the new Chief prosecutor, as we predicted.
In terms of the first rounds of judicial elections, at the end of the day, an informal tally suggests the following results. Two judges received the necessary 70 votes:
- Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 79, from the Philippines (List B) (right)
- Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, 72 (GRULAC, List A), from Trinidad & Tobago.
The other candidates fared as follows:
Czech Republic: Fremr, 62 votes
United Kingdom: Morrison, 51
Poland: Czapliński, 46
Domincan Republic: Herrera Carbuccia, 44
France: Cathala, 40
Costa Rica: Urbina Ortega, 36
Colombia: Cifuentes Muñoz, 35
Nigeria: Eboe-Osuji, 34
Mexico: Laynez Potisek, 33
Cyprus: Serghides, 28
Mauritius: Boolell, 27
Democratic Republic of Congo: Mindua, 12
Burkina Faso: Kam, 10
Niger: Nouhou, 7
Sierra Leone: Bankole Thompson, 3
Central African Republic: Bria, 1
The remaining slots must go to one individual representating the Group of Latin American and Carribean States (GRULAC) and one from Eastern Europe. We also need two individuals from List A, who manifest criminal law experience, as opposed to List B, which covers individuals with IHL and human rights experience. Finally, there is a slot for one more male candidate. If you recall, the Independent Panel on ICC Judicial Elections found the Mexican, Cypriot, and Costa Rican candidates to be unqualified under either list.Elections continue tomorrow...