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UN Hariri chief investigator resigns as ICC deputy prosecutor

[JURIST] Serge Brammertz [official profile], the deputy prosecutor for investigations at the International Criminal Court, resigned [press release] on June 14, according to a Tuesday announcement from the International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST news archive]. Brammertz will continue to head the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC), which is currently investigating the February 2005 Rafik Hariri assassination [JURIST news archive] and the more recent bombing death of an anti-Syrian legislator [JURIST report].

Brammertz, who was appointed in January 2006 [JURIST report] to head the IIIC, may be resigning his position at the ICC to focus his resources on the IIIC after the Security Council approved a resolution [JURIST report] to establish an ad hoc international tribunal to try suspects in the Hariri assassination. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to approve a request by Brammertz to extend [JURIST report] the IIIC's mandate, created by UN Security Council Resolution 1595 [PDF text], past its current June expiration date. AFP has more.

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