He grew to become identified in The Hague for his high-profile shoppers, amongst them Saif el-Qaddafi, son of the Libyan dictator. When Mr. Khan was assigned to behave as court-appointed lawyer for Charles Taylor, the previous president of Liberia charged with terror, homicide, rape and different battle crimes, Mr. Taylor fired him, sending Mr. Khan storming out of the courtroom.
Given Mr. Khan’s earlier roles as protection counsel “in various ongoing instances earlier than the I.C.C.,’’ the possibilities are “appreciable” that he should recuse himself from a number of instances, the committee famous.
Maybe his most contentious case concerned his protection of Vice President William Ruto of Kenya, who was charged with crimes towards humanity throughout postelection violence in 2007. The I.C.C. judges declared a mistrial due to “a troubling incidence of witness interference and insupportable political meddling” by Kenyan officers. Mr. Khan was not accused of any wrongdoing, however the courtroom has charged three Kenyans with “witness tampering” within the case.
Mr. Khan’s predecessors, Ms. Bensouda and Luis Moreno Ocampo, have been each appointed by consensus. However this time various nations and civil society teams, wanting a extra clear and aggressive choice course of, arrange a particular committee to interview candidates.
An preliminary listing of 89 candidates was whittled right down to a handful, however the selections drew complaints that just one, Fergal Gaynor, an Irish lawyer, appeared extremely certified. Extra candidates have been added to the listing and have been required to clarify publicly how they might run the prosecutor’s workplace, a job some have known as “mission unattainable.”
Straw polls ultimately produced two front-runners: Mr. Gaynor and Mr. Khan, each of whom had in depth expertise in worldwide courts.
However neither gained sufficient help to realize a consensus. As nations requested for extra time, Spain put ahead Carlos Castresana as its candidate, and Italy on the final minute proposed Francesco Lo Voi, who had not labored in worldwide regulation however had constructed a status at house for prosecuting complicated, organized-crime instances.