Carla del Ponte

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Carla del Ponte, member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, was born in Bignasco, Switzerland, and has had a long and distinguished career, both in her home country and on an international level.

In Switzerland, Ms. Del Ponte served as an investigating magistrate and public prosecutor, working on cases of money laundering, terrorism, arms smuggling, and espionage.

In 1999, after serving as the Attorney-General of Switzerland for five years, Ms. Del Ponte was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), as well as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She acted in this function until 2003 and 2008, respectively. During her term, a total of 91 indictments were filed. These include indictments against the acting Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milošević, as well as numerous high-ranking military officers and politicians. As Chief Prosecutor, Ms. Del Ponte also proved beyond reasonable doubt that the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre in Eastern Bosnia constituted genocide, and that rape was used as an instrument of terror in Bosnia, thus constituting a crime against humanity.

After leaving the ICTY, Ms. Del Ponte served as Switzerland’s ambassador to Argentina until 2011.

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