Mr. David Schwendiman of the United States is the SITF Lead Prosecutor. Mr Schwendiman brings with him a wealth of professional and academic experience working at the highest levels in both international and domestic criminal prosecution, as well as dealing with the legal, political and practical implications of judicial processes.
Since February 2014 David Schwendiman has been the Kabul-based Director of Forward Operations for the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). In this role, he serves as SIGAR’s senior representative in Afghanistan, responsible for the agency’s operations, logistics and liaison with other agencies. Prior to joining SIGAR, Prosecutor Schwendiman served as Justice Attaché at the US Embassy in Afghanistan, a post he assumed in May 2011.
From 2006 to 2009, Prosecutor Schwendiman served as an international prosecutor in the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this role, he investigated and prosecuted war crimes committed during the 1992-95 conflict. From late 2007 until the end of 2009, he was one of four Deputy Chief Prosecutors of Bosnia and Herzegovina and oversaw the Special Department for War Crimes.
Prosecutor Schwendiman represented the US Attorney General in connection with three Olympic Games – Sydney in 2000; Salt Lake City in 2002; Athens in 2004 -- and completed multiple assignments for the US Department of Justice in Bahrain, Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh during his time as an Assistant US Attorney.
Prosecutor Schwendiman became a line prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah in 1987. Before his retirement from the US Department of Justice in 2014, he held various posts in the US Attorney’s Office in Utah, including First Assistant US Attorney from 1993 to 1998. He was Interim US Attorney for the District of Utah in 1998. He was an Assistant Utah Attorney General from 1976 to 1977 and from 1984 to 1987. He served as a Judge Advocate in the US Navy from 1977 to 1984, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Prosecutor Schwendiman graduated from the University of Utah College of Law (now the S.J. Quinney College of Law) in 1976. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law since 1994.
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SITF at a glance
The Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) was formed in September 2011 to conduct an independent criminal investigation into the allegations contained in the Council of Europe report of January 2011 by Senator Dick Marty.
In September 2016 the SITF transitioned into the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO). It consists of international staff and is located in The Hague (the Netherlands).
Mr. David Schwendiman of the United States has been the SITF Lead Prosecutor since May 2015, and was appointed on 01 September 2016 as the Specialist Prosecutor. Mr. Schwendiman brings with him a wealth of professional and academic experience working at the highest levels in both international and domestic criminal prosecution. Prior to joining the SITF, Mr. Schwendiman served, among others, in Afghanistan and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mr. Schwendiman succeeds Mr. Clint Williamson, who was the SITF Lead Prosecutor from October 2011 until August 2014.