British lawyer Karim Khan, 50, who was elected as a prosecutor in the International Criminal Court in The Hague, has been involved in scandals related to the legal institution he will lead, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reports.
According to the report, Khan, who will replace prosecutor Pato with a foundation that led the anti-Israel line in the tribunal, previously represented Kenyan Vice President William Ruto who was charged with crimes against humanity and even brought him acquittal after key witnesses returned and others were eliminated. In return Roto along with the Kenyan administration promoted the current appointment.
Khan also served until recently as a lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya, was indicted in court. The tribunal’s new prosecutor, Dag Gaddafi Jr., will stand trial in Libya and seek a minimum sentence and then approach the tribunal demanding the dismissal of the charges against his client after serving his sentence.
The International Court of Justice is still interested in prosecuting Gaddafi’s son and wonders how his former lawyer will behave while sitting on the prosecutor’s throne.
However, Khan is considered a candidate that Israel and the US have supported (although not members of the tribunal) because among the other candidates, he seems to be the most moderate to the politicization approach of the tribunal.