For more than 30 years, I have been investigating people with political, military or financial power and I learned that I had to be prepared to be attacked. I received threats to my life, secret services spied on me and in 1997 a lawyer from my private firm was killed.
Sometimes my decisions were also strongly criticized by honest people with different opinions. My uncle, a colonel, considered that the investigation against the Military Junta in Argentina was affecting the honor of the institution that he loved and, as a result, he stopped talking to me.
At the International Criminal Court, each decision I took generated a wave of different opinions on what the Prosecution should do. Requesting an arrest warrant for Joseph Kony was then considered by some experts as a threat to an ongoing peace process. We were criticized for being slow to investigate in Darfur, Sudan, and very fast in the Muammar Gaddafi case. The criticism could come from different fronts and truth is becoming irrelevant, perception is what matters. Everyone dismissed the African bias argument when Omar el-Bashir was indicted and now it is widely quoted despite its utter lack of foundation. Been publicly criticized is part of my professional career and I tried to respect the opinion of those who disrespected me.