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Botswana Justice joins International Criminal Court bench

GABORONE - Botswana's Justice Sanji Monageng has been elected judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A press release from the Office of the President says the government wishes Justice Monageng success in her new appointment. Justice Monageng's candidature, it says, was supported by the government and endorsed by the African Union (AU) as the African nominee.

Justice Monageng and five other judges from Guyana, Italy, Japan, Belgium and Kenya were elected on January 20 at the United Nations headquarters in New York to replace six ICC judges whose term of office comes to an end on March 10.

The ICC judges hold office for a non-renewable term of nine years.

The release further says that Justice Monageng was employed in the Administration of Justice as Grade II Magistrate in Botswana from 1989 to 1997 when she rose to the level of Principal Magistrate.

In 2003, she was elected a Commissioner in the African commission on Human and People's Rights, an organ of the AU and the only continental body that is mandated to promote and protect human and people's rights.

Justice Monageng was also appointed as a judge of the High Court of the Republic of the Gambia in 2006, under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation Programme, to serve as an expert. She is presently serving in the same capacity in Swaziland and is also currently serving as chairperson of the Commission.BOPA

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