KNOWN by Sicilian mobsters as La Puttana (the whore) and by Slobodan Milosevic as "the new Gestapo", Carla del Ponte, the chief prosecutor at the international tribunal in The Hague, worked in 2001 to bring the former Yugoslav leader to justice.
She made legal history in February with the first war crimes trial in which rape was depicted as a tool of war and a crime against humanity. In that case, three Serbs were jailed for the systematic rape and torture of women and girls during the Bosnian war.
As attorney general in Switzerland, she was the only figure in public life with a round-the-clock armed guard.
Now Ms del Ponte is taking on NATO. This week she deplored the fact that the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, and his military commander, Ratko Mladic, were still at large. NATO was the most powerful organisation on Earth, she told the BBC, so why had they not been captured?
Good question, and it was not for want of trying by the tireless Ms del Ponte.
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