In a hearing this morning, International Criminal Court (ICC) judges read a decision awarding 297 victims of crimes committed by former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga a symbolic compensation of USD 250 per victim. Victims were also awarded collective reparations in the form of support for housing, support for income-generating activities, education aid, and psychological support. In reaching their decision, judges took into account the needs of all victims and consultations undertaken with them and sought to ensure their safety, physical, and psychological well‑being and privacy.
This is significant because it is only the second time in the court’s history that an award for reparations has been ordered, and it is the first time that the court has awarded reparations to … Continue Reading
À l’audience de ce matin, les juges de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) ont lu une décision accordant à 297 victimes des crimes commis par l’ancien chef de milice congolais Germain Katanga une compensation symbolique de 250 USD par victime. Les victimes se sont vus également accorder des réparations collectives sous la forme d’aides au logement, d’aides pour les activités génératrices de revenus, d’aides à l’éducation ainsi que sous la forme d’un soutien psychologique. En prenant leur décision, les juges ont tenu compte des besoins de toutes les victimes et des consultations menées auprès d’elles tout en cherchant à garantir leur sécurité, leur bien-être physique et psychologique‑ainsi que leur vie privée.
Cet élément a son importance car il s’agit seulement de la seconde … Continue Reading
On April 7, 2016, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision approving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) request to prosecute Germain Katanga before the High Military Court in Kinshasa for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Presidency concluded that the proposed domestic prosecution did not “undermine fundamental principles or procedures of the Rome Statute or otherwise affect the integrity of the Court.”
This decision is important because it is the first time the ICC has interpreted Article 108 of the Rome Statute. Article 108 requires a country that has custody of a sentenced person to seek approval from the court if it intends to prosecute that person for “any conduct engaged in prior to that … Continue Reading
On November 13, a panel of three appeals judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to reduce Germain Katanga’s sentence. He will be released from the ICC detention center on January 18, 2016.
In March 2014, Trial Chamber II of the ICC convicted Katanga for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Bogoro, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2003. He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. Katanga decided not to appeal his judgment, accepting the ICC’s verdict and sentence. As of September 18, 2015, he had served two-thirds of his sentence, prompting a judicial review of his remaining term.
There are seven factors the judges had to consider under Article 110 of the Rome Statute and Rule 223 … Continue Reading
On Oct. 6, a panel of three appeals chamber judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) heard submissions on whether Germain Katanga should be released early from imprisonment.
Katanga is the former leader of an armed militia that became known as the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI, Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri). In March 2014, Katanga was convicted for aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during a February 2003 attack on Bogoro in in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in May 2014.
Although he was sentenced just over a year ago, Katanga has already served two-thirds of his sentence, having been in detention … Continue Reading
Next week, a panel of three appeals chamber judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hear arguments about the early release of Germain Katanga. In March 2014, Trial Chamber II of the ICC convicted Katanga for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Bogoro, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2003. He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. Katanga decided not to appeal his judgment, accepting the ICC’s verdict and sentence.
As of September 18, 2015, Katanga had served two-thirds of his sentence. He was arrested and detained in the DRC in February 2005 before being transferred to the ICC in 2007. He has been in the ICC detention center for eight years, most of that time awaiting … Continue Reading
This blog is a follow-up to the guest blog issued on March 13, 2015, titled “Asylum Proceedings in the Ngudjolo Case: What Happened in the Dutch Courts.”
On December 18, 2012, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes stemming from a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Fearing for his safety upon his return to the DRC, Ngudjolo filed a first application for asylum in the Netherlands on December 25, 2012, shortly after his acquittal by Trial Chamber II. This application was rejected; however, Ngudjolo remained in the Netherlands to await the ICC Appeals Chamber decision on his acquittal. After … Continue Reading
The below transcript is from a program on Radio Canal Révélation, a radio station based in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which aired between March 6 and 11, 2015. The program is part of the radio station’s Interactive Radio for Justice and Peace Project, which promotes discussion on critical issues around justice in DRC. This transcript has been edited to remove non-relevant information.
In part one of the program International Criminal Court (ICC) officials take questions from listeners about the ongoing investigations and cases in the DRC. Part two of the program specifically addresses the recent ICC Appeals Chamber decision upholding the acquittal of Mathieu Ngdujolo Chui.
Presenter (Didyne Uweka): Welcome Radio Canal Révélation listeners to the fourth show in … Continue Reading
This guest blog is written by Wieteke Theeuwen, who is a Legal Fellow with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She holds a Master of laws in Public International Law from Leiden University and an LL.B in Dutch and European Law from Maastricht University. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Open Society Justice Initiative.
On Friday, February 27, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber confirmed the acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. He had been charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes for a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Immediately after Ngudjolo was acquitted, Dutch authorities escorted him to Schiphol airport … Continue Reading
Today, the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its judgment in the appeal lodged by the prosecution against the acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. In December 2012, Trial Chamber II acquitted Ngudjolo of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during an attack on the village of Bogoro in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A majority of the five-judge panel confirmed the acquittal. Two judges dissented.
The prosecutor had put forward three grounds of appeals, namely:
That the trial chamber erred in law in its application of the “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” standard of proof;
That the trial chamber erred in law because it failed to consider all the evidence and facts in making its decision; and
That … Continue Reading