Following the statement issued by the Specialist Prosecutor David Schwendiman announcing his departure from office, effective 31 March 2018, President Trendafilova issues the following statement:

“Mr Schwendiman was appointed as Specialist Prosecutor on 1 September 2016. Since then he has worked relentlessly to establish the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in order to carry out the mandate of ensuring fair, efficient and independent investigations and prosecutions of alleged crimes within its jurisdiction, with a special regard to the protection of potential witnesses.

As President of the Specialist Chambers, I had the privilege to know and work with the Specialist Prosecutor on matters of mutual concern to our institutions. On a personal level, I have been impressed by his professionalism, dedication, and intellect. I thank the Specialist Prosecutor for establishing a solid and independent institution. 

Both institutions, the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, will continue the fulfilment of their mandate without disruption. 

I am very grateful to the Specialist Prosecutor for his committed service and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

Specialist Chambers