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UN Elects Moroccan Judge to International Residual Mechanism Court

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UN Elects Moroccan Judge to International Residual Mechanism Court
Security Council Adopts Resolution on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Rabat – On Tuesday, the UN General Assembly appointed Moroccan Judge Mustapha El Baaj to the roster of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals until June 30, 2020.

The General Assembly selected the judge from a list of candidates submitted by the Security Council.

According to the UN, the Residual Mechanism was created in 2010 “to perform the remaining functions of the now-closed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, set up in the 1990s to investigate and prosecute mass atrocity crimes.”

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The UN legal department tackles and prosecutes the remaining fugitives who perpetrated crimes in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, completes appeal proceedings, reviews judgments, and conducts retrials.

The Moroccan judge received 99 votes from the General Assembly. El Baaj has been a counselor at the Court of Cassation of Rabat since 2013. He has 22 years of experience as a judge. He also served as a substitute for the public prosecutor.