Luis Moreno Ocampo sets his sights on finding justice for those victims of the worst crimes
After a long and sometimes controversial career as human rights prosecutor and civil attorney, the 50-year old Argentine lawyer Luis Moreno Ocampo was sworn in on Monday as the first chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Moreno Ocampo became prominent early in the eighties as the youngest prosecutor taking on the military dictatorial juntas that ruled
The first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court was sworn in during a public session of the Court at the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace at
After making his name on the trials against human rights abuses committed by the Argentine military, Moreno Ocampo headed a NGO oriented to the civil control of the political power. As a nationwide public figure, he briefly hosted a reality show in which he ruled on domestic cases brought by the production of the TV program.
As a private lawyer, Moreno Ocampo defended more than one controversial figure, including the football star Diego Armando Maradona, the former Argentine Minister of Economy, Domingo Cavallo and a popular priest with strong links to the political power, accused of sexually abusing minors. This last case almost ended in a public scandal, as most expensive lawyers available in
The International Criminal Court is the first permanent institution of international criminal justice, with jurisdiction to try individuals for the most serious crimes against humanity, including genocide and war crimes. As prosecutor of the ICC, Mr Moreno Ocampo will be the public face of a new institution which has received strong backing from many countries, but remains shunned by the
In fact, the
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