NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova is set to retire after nine years of service to the court.
The judge became popular in Kenya after she presided over a three judge bench that confirmed charges against four Kenyans in January 2012.
Together with late Judge Hans-Peter Kaul and Cuno Tarfusser, Trendafilova made the landmark decision that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto, former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and Journalist Joshua arap Sang committed to trial.
Trendafilova has served in Pre-Trial Chamber II and III as a presiding judge also in the case against Jean Pierre Bemba of Central African Republic.
She made headlines as she read out charges against the four.
Trendafilova was appointed to the ICC on March 11 in 2006.
Other judges set to retire include ICC’s President Sang-Hyun Song and judges Akua Kuenyehia, Erkki Kourula and Anita Ušacka.
Last Monday, Judge Silvia Alejandra was elected to head the ICC presidency and Kenyan Judge Joyce Aluoch as the first Vice President and Kuniko Ozaki as the second Vice President.
The three will serve in their capacities for the next three years.
On Tuesday, six new judges were sworn in during the 13th Session of the Assembly of State Parties as judges of the ICC to serve for the next nine years.
They include judges Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France), Piotr Hofmański (Poland), Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Bertram Schmitt (Germany), Péter Kovács (Hungary) and Chang-ho Chung (Republic of Korea).
ICC has a total of 18 judges who are nationals of members of the ASP.