World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


US Lawyer Appointed For UN-Backed Court

US Lawyer Appointed Chief Prosecutor For UN-Backed Court In Sierra Leone

New York, Dec 7 2006 6:00PM
The United Nations-backed <"">Special Court for Sierra Leone announced today that it has <"">appointed an experienced lawyer from the United States as its next Chief Prosecutor.

Stephen Rapp, 57, has been serving as Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (<"">ICTR) since May last year, supervising the prosecution of those accused of the worst crimes during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Before joining the ICTR, Mr. Rapp worked as a US Attorney in the state of Iowa for almost eight years, and also spent time as an elected member of the Iowa Legislature and as a lawyer with the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Rapp succeeds Desmond de Silva, who completed his term at the Special Court in June. Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Staker has served as Acting Prosecutor since Mr. de Silva’s departure.

Mr. Rapp’s appointment, which is effective from 1 January, lasts for three years or a shorter period if the Special Court completes its programme of work before then.

The Special Court, an independent tribunal established jointly by the UN and Sierra Leone, is tasked with bringing to justice those responsible for atrocities committed after 30 November 1996, during the country’s brutal civil war.

So far 11 people have been indicted on various charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

The Special Court has jurisdiction over the case against the notorious former Liberian President Charles Taylor, whose trial will be held in The Hague.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news