Ban chooses selection panel for judges, prosecutor for Lebanon tribunal

October 12, 2007 00:28

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday that he intends to appoint two judges and the UN legal chief to the panel that will select the judges and prosecutor for the international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister. Under the UN Security Council resolution establishing the tribunal, Ban was required to choose two judges with current or previous experience on an international tribunal and his own representative, and inform the council. UN deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said the secretary-general informed the Security Council that he has selected Judge Mohamed Amin El Mahdi of Egypt, who formerly served on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and Judge Erik Mose of Norway, who currently serves on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The secretary-general will be represented by Nicolas Michel, the UN undersecretary-general for legal affairs, she said. "The secretary-general remains committed to establishing the tribunal in a timely manner," Okabe said. "He continues to believe that the tribunal will contribute to ending impunity in Lebanon for the crimes under its jurisdiction."

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