King of Lesotho visits International Criminal Court

Letsie III
Left to right: ICC Registrar Peter Lewis, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, His Majesty Letsie III King of Lesotho, ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, ICC Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart, ICC First Vice President Judge Robert Fremr, and ICC Second Vice President Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut ©ICC-CPI

His Majesty Letsie III, King of Lesotho, visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) to meet with high-level officials. The King was decorated with the title of ‘Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the International Criminal Court’.

ICC President Eboe-Osuji stated: “The Kingdom of Lesotho, as an active participant in the drafting of the Rome Statute, as the first Southern African country to ratify the Rome Statute, and a staunch supporter of the ICC ever since, has made great contributions to international criminal justice to secure justice for the victims of the gravest international crimes. The Court is deeply appreciative of this important role played by Lesotho.”

This visit highlights Lesotho’s support to the Court and the joint efforts deployed in the fight against the impunity of the perpetrators of the most serious crimes that affect the international community as a whole. Lesotho signed the Rome Statute on 30 November 1998 and ratified it on 6 September 2000.