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Office of the Prosecutor
|Phakiso Mochochoko, |
Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division
|Michel de Smedt,|
The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is one of the four organs of the Court and is headed by Luis Moreno - Ocampo, the Prosecutor, who took office on 16 June 2003. The OTP is composed of three Divisions. Fatou Bensouda, the Deputy Prosecutor, is in charge of Prosecutions Division; Michel de Smedt is the Head of Investigations Division; Phakiso Mochochoko is the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division
The Court has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by nationals of a State Party or on the territory of a State Party on or after 1 July 2002, the date of entry into force of the Rome Statute.
The OTP is currently investigating six situations: Northern Uganda (the case The Prosecutor v. Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen); the Democratic Republic of Congo (the three cases The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo; The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda; and The Prosecutor v Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui); the Darfur, Sudan (the four cases The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Muhammad Harun "Ahmad Harun" and Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman "Ali Kushayb"; The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir; and The Prosecutor v. Bahr Idriss Abu Garda; The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus); the Central African Republic (the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo) Kenya and Libya.
The OTP is currently conducting preliminary examination in a number of situations including Afghanistan, Georgia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Colombia, Palestine, Honduras, Korea and Nigeria.
The OTP, in partnership with the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project at UCLASchool of Law, has launched the Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum, promoting open discussion on complex issues of international criminal law faced by the OTP. Please visit the Forum at:
For the work of the Office of the Prosecutor at a glance, please go to: frequently asked questions.