The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, has lauded Ghana’s contribution to the work of the court.
She said the country had supported the ICC in diverse ways in its quest to provide justice for victims of heinous crimes against humanity.
“One of the contributions of Ghana is the provision of legal expertise to the court. A clear example is the work of Professor Akua Kuenyehia, who worked as a Judge at the court from 2003 to 2015. She also was the Vice-President of the court,’’ Mrs Bensouda said.
She made the commendation during a courtesy call on the Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs Justice Georgina Wood, at the CJ’s office in Accra yesterday.
The Chief Justice welcomed Mrs Bensouda to Ghana on behalf of President John Mahama, who is currently on an official visit to Scotland.
The ICC prosecutor attended a two-day conference on the relationship between the ICC and Africa in Accra.
Speaking about some challenges facing the ICC, Mrs Bensouda said many people were not aware of the work of the ICC, and added that “as a result of this lack of awareness, some people have the perception that the ICC engages in selective justice by targeting only African leaders.
“It is unfortunate that people have such perceptions because the need to provide justice for victims of heinous crimes ought to be supported by everybody,’’ Mrs Bensouda said.
The Chief Justice, for her part, praised the ICC’s quest to provide justice for victims of atrocities across the globe.
“The importance of the ICC in providing justice cannot be underestimated owing to the weakness in the justice systems of many countries,’’ she said.