Former ICC prosecutor's lucrative links with Libyan billionaire and ex-ally of Gaddafi

By and Hanneke Chin-A-Fo (NRC)

In 2015 the former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court defended the interests of a billionaire businessman with links to the former Gaddafi regime and who was a supporter of potential war criminals in Libya. Luis Moreno Ocampo, who had left the ICC in The Hague just three years before, was paid a total of 750,000 dollars for his work, Mediapart and European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) can reveal in their 'The Secrets of the Court' investigation. Moreno Ocampo denies any wrongdoing and says he was simply advising the businessman, Hassan Tatanaki, to be cautious in his dealings with a faction involved in the Libyan civil war. Stéphanie Maupas and Hanneke Chin-A-Fo, from NRC Handelsblad in Holland, report.

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Case ICC 01/11 started with something of a Kafkaesque touch. On February 25th, 2011, diplomats on the Security Council at the United Nations in New York were negotiating the final details of a resolution seeking to refer allegations of war crimes committed in Libya to the International Criminal Court (ICC). As the Libyan regime under Colonel Muammar Gaddafi had not ratified the 1998 treaty governing the ICC, only the leading UN members could activate the referral.