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British lawyer Karim Khan sworn in as ICC’s chief prosecutor

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British lawyer Karim Khan was sworn as the new chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. He pledging to reach out to nations that are not members of the court and to try to hold trials in countries where crimes are committed. He has defended clients at international courts including former Liberian President Charles Taylor & Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.

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Khan, a 51-year-old English lawyer, has years of experience in international courts as a prosecutor, investigator and defence attorney. He takes over from Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia, whose nine-year term ended.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Criminal Court Founded: 1 July 2002;
  • International Criminal Court Headquarters: The Hague, the Netherlands;
  • International Criminal Court Member states: 123;
  • International Criminal Court Working languages: English; French.

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