Ex war crimes lawyer is Government choice for Prosecution Service job
13 January 2021
The Justice Committee questions the government’s preferred candidate for the post of Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service.
- Watch Parliament TV: Pre-appointment hearing: Chief Inspector of CPS Inspectorate
- Inquiry: Pre-appointment hearing: Chief Inspector of CPS Inspectorate
- Justice Committee
Thursday 14 January, virtual meeting
- Andrew T. Cayley CMG QC
Mr Cayley was Director of the Ministry of Defence Service Prosecuting Authority from 2013 to 2020.
Prior to this, the candidate to head the Inspectorate – which also inspects the Serious Fraud Office - was the United Nations Chief International Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. This involved prosecuting the leadership of the Khmer Rouge for the genocide, extermination and murder of two million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.
Mr Cayley also served as Prosecuting Council at the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia. Before this he defended the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, at the Special Court for Sierra Leone sitting in The Hague.
The Justice Committee regularly questions, prior to their formal appointment, senior appointees to bodies overseen by the Ministry of Justice.
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