• International Criminal Court member states on Monday unanimously elected Fatou Bensouda of Gambia as the new chief prosecutor of the main genocide and war crimes tribunal.  

  • Bensouda, is currently the ICC deputy prosecutor and a former justice minister in Gambia. She will take over next June from Luis Moreno-Ocampo who sought the genocide warrant against Sudan's Omar al-Bashir and crimes against humanity case against late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. 

  • The new prosecutor was elected by consensus at the annual meeting of the ICC's 120 state parties at the UN headquarters.

  • She must also handle a sensitive case over whether Seif al-Islam, the son of Gaddafi, is tried in Libya or at the ICC in The Hague.