United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the Trinidad and Tobago’s former President, A.N.R. (Ray) Robinson, who died on Wednesday at age 87.

?The Secretary-General is saddened by the passing of a champion of international justice and one of the main architects of the International Criminal Court,? said Ban Ki-moon?s Spokesperson, St?phane Dujarric, in a news statement.

President Robinson is internationally recognized for his proposal, during the 44th session of the UN General Assembly in 1989, to create a permanent court to hear cases involving the international drug trade, which eventually led to the inauguration of the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, Netherlands. ?The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the Robinson family and to the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago.?

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