|His Honour Judge
|2nd Vice-President of the International Criminal Court|
|Preceded by||Hans-Peter Kaul|
|Succeeded by||Kuniko Ozaki|
|Judge of International Criminal Court|
11 March 2009 – 2018
|Preceded by||Mauro Politi|
|Born||11 August 1954|
Education and early career
Prior to his appointment to the ICC, he had an extensive legal career in Italy as a prosecutor, including holding the office of Chief Public Prosecutor.
Judge of the International Criminal Court, 2009-present
Tarfusser was appointed to his position on the ICC on 11 March 2009 He is assigned to Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court.
Together with judges Hans-Peter Kaul and Ekaterina Trendafilova, Tarfusser made the landmark decision that saw Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto, former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and journalist Joshua Sang committed to trial in January 2012.
In October 2013, Tarfusser issued an arrest warrant for Kenyan journalist Walter Barasa on suspicion of attempting to bribe a potential witness in the International Criminal Court investigation in Kenya against Ruto; this was the first time the court sought to prosecute someone over interfering with its legal process.
In February 2015, Tarfusser and Trendafilova dissented with their colleagues of the Pre-Trial Chamber II in their decision to uphold the acquittal of militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of commanding fighters who destroyed the village of Bogoro in eastern Congo in 2003, raping and hacking to death some 200 people including children. The original 2012 judgment had been only the second verdict in the court's history and the first time it had cleared a suspect. Both Tarfusser and Trendafilova argued that the appeals chamber should have ordered a retrial because of errors by the trial panel, saying that "vital evidence was disregarded."
Also in March 2015, the Pre-Trial Chamber designated Tarfusser to replace Trendiflova in proceeding with the trial of Dominic Ongwen as a single judge. As presiding judge of the Pre Trial Chamber II, Tarfusser was also put in charge of the case against LRA leaders Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti and Okot Odhiambo. Soon after, he issued the order to terminate proceedings against Odhiambo following the release of a forensic report confirming that Odhiambo was killed in the Central African Republic. 
In a 2015 majority decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber I, Tarfusser joined his fellow judge Joyce Aluoch – with Judge Péter Kovács dissenting – in requesting ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to reconsider her decision not to investigate the Gaza flotilla raid of 31 May 2010.
Since September 2015, Tarfusser has been serving as presiding judge in the case of Ahmad al-Faqi, the first individual to face charges of the war crime of damaging mankind's cultural heritage at the court.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cuno Tarfusser.|
- "Judge Cuno Jakob TARFUSSER (Italy)". International Criminal Court. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- Cuno Tarfusser at the Wayback Machine (archived June 16, 2011)
- Judie Kaberia (March 16, 2015), ICC Judge Trendafilova set to retire 98.4 Capital FM.
- The Hague: Warrant Issued for Kenyan New York Times, October 2, 2013.
- International Court Judges Uphold Acquittal of Congolese Man New York Times, February 27, 2015.
- Internationaler Strafgerichtshof: Tarfusser wird nicht Präsident SüdtirolNews, March 11, 2015.
- ICC drops judge from ex-LRA chief’s trial StarAfrica.com, April 2, 2015.
- ICC drops charges against Ugandan rebel leader after his death confirmation Starafrica.com, September 11, 2015.
- ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I requests Prosecutor to reconsider decision not to investigate situation referred by Union of Comoros International Criminal Court, press release of July 16, 2015.
- Thomas Escritt (September 30, 2015), Suspected Islamist rebel accused of Timbuktu destruction appears at ICC Reuters.
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