UN Security Council reappoints prosecutor of Int’l Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

UN Security Council reappoints prosecutor of Int’l Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

UNITED NATIONS, June 26 (FENA/Xinhua) — The UN Security Council on Thursday announced the adoption of a resolution to reappoint Serge Brammertz of Belgium as prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals for another two-year term that begins on July 1.

Resolution 2529 was adopted 14-0 with one abstention (by Russia).

The resolution asks states to fully cooperate with the mechanism. It urges all states, especially those where fugitives are suspected to be at large, to intensify their cooperation with and render all necessary assistance to the mechanism, in particular, to achieve the arrest and surrender of all remaining fugitives indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as soon as possible.

The mechanism was created by the Security Council in 2010 to perform the remaining functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda following the completion of those tribunals’ respective mandates.

The resolution welcomes the arrest in France on May 16, of Felicien Kabuga, who was indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Rwanda in 1994.

It notes with concern that the mechanism faces problems in the relocation of acquitted persons and convicted persons who have completed serving their sentence, and emphasizes the importance of finding expeditious and durable solutions to these problems.

Brammertz has been prosecutor of the mechanism since March 2016.