Giving up ICC post 'a very difficult decision'

IT was not an easy decision for Justice Anthony Carmona to give up the chance to be a judge in the International Criminal Court.

To have presided in trials in The Hague would have been the pinnacle of his career, Justice Carmona said yesterday.

Speaking in the San Fernando High Court, where he is dealing with his final cases before his resignation tomorrow, Carmona said: "I am a sitting judge. I am also a sworn judge of the ICC (and) I have been nominated to be President of this beloved Republic. I don't want to engage in unnecessary grandstanding.

"I am simply responding to you because it was indeed a very difficult decision I had to make because being a judge in the ICC can only be described as the elixir of any legal career."

Between 2001 and 2004, Carmona was a prosecutor at the ICC.

The Express e-mailed the press office at the ICC in the Netherlands on Tuesday, seeking a response as to whether it wished to respond to the loss of Carmona, who was due to take up a position as a judge next month.

The ICC responded: "For the time being we would not comment on a reported alleged event related to the internal political life of a State. Should there be any developments related to the ICC, it would be announced officially by the Court (on its website or via a statement)".

—Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

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