Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Election of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

December 13, 2011

  1. On Tuesday, December 13 (December 12 local time), the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) elected Mrs. Fatou Bensouda (from Gambia, current ICC Deputy Prosecutor) as the next Prosecutor of the ICC by consensus at the tenth session of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC taking place at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Mrs. Bensouda was the only candidate nominated by the States Parties, one of which was Japan. Given the high qualifications of Mrs. Bensouda, Japan welcomes her election.

  2. The ICC plays the extremely important role of maintaining the peace and security of the international community through bringing to justice persons accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. Japan expects that Prosecutor-elect Bensouda proceeds with investigations and prosecutions neutrally and fairly under the principle of complementarity, based on her experience thus far at the ICC. Japan also hopes that she places a high value on effectiveness and efficiency when carrying out duties.

  3. As one of the main States Parties of the ICC, Japan continues to actively commit to the Court's activities.

* The principle of complementarity is the principle that ICC will investigate and prosecute cases only where a State which has jurisdiction is either unwilling or unable to do so.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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