Former Supreme Prosecutor Pavel Zeman failed in the prestigious election of new judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which just took place at the United Nations in New York.
“The candidate nominated by the Czech Republic JUDr. Pavel Zeman, whose qualities and expertise were appreciated by the partners during the campaign, unfortunately did not receive a sufficient number of votes in the highly competitive election and was not elected,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Daniel Drake told Seznam Zprávám.
14 reported qualified candidates applied for six positions. During 11 voting rounds, candidates from Mongolia, Romania, France, Slovenia, Tunisia and South Korea were successively elected.
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The Permanent Court of Justice, which is based in The Hague, prosecutes the most serious crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Czech Republic was represented at the court until 2021 in the role of deputy chairman of the tribunal by Robert Fremr. This year, President Petr Pavel proposed him as a constitutional judge, but later it became clear that the judge participated in the sentencing of emigrants from Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
Pavel Zeman was the highest prosecutor from 2011 to 2021. His work in this position is usually associated with a greater will to investigate and prosecute cases with political connections. At the same time, he came to NSZ from an international background, when he was a national member of the Czech Republic in the European unit for judicial cooperation Eurojust between 2004 and 2010. He works as an ordinary public prosecutor.
Zeman was the government’s candidate, proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Czech diplomacy also participated in his campaign, which is a desirable part of such an aspiration.
Lobbying on all fronts
According to the Černín Palace, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský (Pirates) and the network of Czech embassies abroad were involved in the campaign.
“It included professional presentations of the candidate, including at the ICC headquarters in The Hague and the UN headquarters in New York, bilateral meetings with representatives of other contracting parties, receptions in support of the candidate, as well as formal communication with other states with requests for support through verbal ( diplomatic) notes,” added Drake for Nauzal.
Judges are elected by the Assembly of Parties (ASP), i.e. the 123 states that are parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
In the first phase, it is a choice based on regional criteria. Within the Eastern European Regional Group (EEG), to which the Czech Republic also belongs, five applicants applied for two positions.