ICC issues statement responding to allegations concerning Ocampo and Libya: October 5th 2017, the International Criminal Court, and the Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda published statements addressing allegations made in late September against former Prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno Ocampo. The allegations are reportedly based on 40,000 documents, obtained by European Investigative Collaborations and other news outlets. The statement highlighted that there was no indication to the ICC that the documents were obtained by hacking, the Court having carried out checks on its own security.

Former ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo. Photo: hellaheaven-ana.blogspot.com via Bing (CC).
Former ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo. Photo: hellaheaven-ana.blogspot.com via Bing (CC).

The ICC addressed financial concerns against Ocampo by stating that the United Nations Financial Disclosure Programme and the Secretary General’s Voluntary Public Disclosure Initiative are completed annually by Court staff. However, such systems were not in place during Ocampo’s tenure.

Bensouda made clear that allegations implicating two of her own staff have been referred to the Independent Oversight Mechanism which is available to the ICC. The object of which is to investigate any allegations with impartiality and respect for due process. Bensouda also stated that her Office has not initiated contact with, or collaborated with Ocampo, in relation to any of the cases or situations before the ICC. Bensouda went on further to say that she had expressed to Ocampo in ‘unequivocal terms’ that he should not engage in activity that could jeopardise the reputation of the Office.

Media sources report that Ocampo had agreed to a multimillion dollar, 3-year contract with influential Libyan businessman, Hassan Tatanaki, and had notified him that he was being watched by war crimes investigators. This information was allegedly gained by Ocampo from sources at the ICC. It is also reported that Ocampo arranged for a senior press officer from the ICC to work for Tatanaki as well. Ocampo has denied allegation of receiving intelligence from the ICC, or having done anything to undermine the work of the Court. (ICC, Times).