British human rights lawyer Karim Khan has been elected as the International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor.
Khan, who represented Deputy President William Ruto when he faced crimes against humanity charges at the ICC, garnered 72 votes in a secret ballot—10 more than the threshold.
He trounced Fergal Gaynor of Ireland (42 votes), Spain’s Carlos Castresana Fernandez (five votes), and Francesco Lo Voi of Italy (three votes) during the election held on Friday.
Khan, whose nine-year term at The Hague-based court starts on June 16th, takes over from Fatou Bensousa of the Gambia, who has served in the position since 2012.
Khan has vast legal experience in international human rights issues and previously served as Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and as a Legal Adviser at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Apart from Ruto, Khan represented former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura at the ICC, where he faced criminal charges relating to the 2007/2008 post-election violence.