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Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 13:37
New chief prosecutor defends international criminal court.
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The new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has launched a combative defence of the institution, rejecting the view that it is "a pro-western, anti-African court".

Fatou Bensouda, from Gambia, will next month replace the charismatic but controversial Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has been accused of applying "selective justice" to Africa.

The decade-old court has sought justice for millions of victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic, Darfur in Sudan, Kenya, Libya and Ivory Coast.

Bensouda, 50, has served as Moreno-Ocampo's deputy.

The ICC's first conviction, in March, was of the Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga for recruiting and using child soldiers.

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