Fatou Bensouda: “History will judge us”

Fatou Bensouda has given one of her last interviews as outgoing International Criminal Court Prosecutor to our correspondents and partners Asymmetrical Haircuts in The Hague. In this exclusive podcast, she talks about lessons learned from her failures in the cases of Kenyan leaders, Jean-Pierre Bemba and Laurent Gbagbo. Bensouda tells us investigative strategies have evolved towards the collection of more material, open source and forensic evidence. With no remorse or regrets, the Gambian prosecutor points to her successes in the trials of middle-ranking personalities and advises her successor, British lawyer Karim Khan, to stay away from politics. “Something that I have experienced is pressure, attacks and politicization [but] what we do in this office is critically important,” she says. “History will judge us.”

Fatou Bensouda at the International Criminal Court (ICC-CPI)
Fatou Bensouda © Peter Dejong / Pool / AFP
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The current prosecutor at the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda is leaving next month, after nine years in the job. And Stephanie finally got an interview with her! The interview was over an hour long and we’ve picked some of the best clips for you.

For background, here’s the policy on prosecuting Sexual and Gender-based Crimes she mentions and the one on Children. Also useful could be the latest report on the situations the ICC has under preliminary examination. And the list of cases referred to: Dominic Ongwen, Bosco Ntaganda, Jean-Pierre Bemba, Laurent Gbagbo, Kenya cases, Sudan cases.

Fatou Bensouda, Anthony Deutsch and Stephanie van den Berg (Photo by Piroschka van de Wouw)

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