Fatou Bensouda

Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

Date of Birth: 1961
Place of Birth: Banjul


Fatou Bensouda graduated with a bachelor’s in law from Ife University, qualified as a barrister at the Nigeria Law School and earned a master’s in law from Malta’s International Maritime Law Institute. She entered the Gambian civil service in 1987, as a public prosecutor.

In 1993, she was Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and led the Commission of Inquiry into the Financial Activities of Public Corporations (1994–1997). Putschist President Yahya Jammeh appointed her Attorney General and Justice Minister in 1998. They fell out and she returned to private practice in 2000, with a brief stint as General Manager of the International Bank for Commerce (Gambia) in 2002.

From 2001 to 2004, Bensouda was a legal advisor to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania. As Deputy Prosecutor, she has already spearheaded many of the ICC’s investigations.

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Drama in court

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is asking for an indefinite postponement of the case on the basis that the government has refused to cooperate by furnishing her office with telephone and bank records...

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Unhappy birthday

On 17 June at the UN Security Council, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda condemned the RSF's 'indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against civilians', said 'the deliberate obstruction of humanitarian aid must end' and noted that 'allegations that reporting of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur has been subject to manipulation, with the intentional effect of covering up crimes committed by the Sudanese Government...

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Who will follow Blé Goudé to the Hague?

When Blé Goudé arrived, the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, made it clear that enquiries were continuing...

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A year of living precariously

There have been indications that the Office of the Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has been looking for the right moment to announce that the trial cannot go forward...

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Chickens come home to roost

Then on 19 December, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the judges to adjourn the date of Kenyatta’s trial because one of the prosecution witnesses was declining to testify and another claimed to have given false evidence...

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Taylor goes down alone

The ICC, whose Chief Prosecutor is now Gambia's Fatou Bensouda, is likely to be widely castigated at the meeting but an early mass withdrawal still looks unlikely...

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Secret suit aims at ICC evidence

Those familiar with the background believe the suits concern the handing over of call logs and M-Pesa payments to ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in June and July (see Box, The crucial M-Pesa and call logs)...

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Wobbling and nobbling

‘Witness 426’ also withdrew, despite negotiations with Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to persuade him or her to continue...

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Bringing it all back home

On the same day, judges at the ICC told Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that the case against Laurent Gbagbo, the deposed President of Côte d’Ivoire, was not strong enough to go to trial...

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Diplomatic diversions

The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has refused to refer it back to the Pre-Trial Chamber for a second review of the evidence, although the defence insists that key witnesses have fundamentally changed their statements...

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