International Justice Monitor

A project of the Open Society Justice Initiative

Trust Fund Unveils Reparations Plan for Katanga Victims

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) has published a plan for implementing reparation awards to 297 victims of crimes committed by former Congolese militia leader German Katanga. According to an order by ICC judges, each victim will receive an individual symbolic compensation of US$250, while housing and educational assistance, income-generating activities, and psychological rehabilitation will form the collective reparations.

In March 2014, Katanga was found guilty of being an accessory to war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from a February 2003 attack on civilians in Bogoro, a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In May of that year, he was sentenced to 12 years in jail. Last March, judges issued an order for reparations … Continue Reading

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Germain Katanga Judgment Scheduled for March 7

The International Criminal Court’s Trial Chamber II has rescheduled its  judgment in the case The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga to Friday, March 7, 2014, at 9:30 (The Hague local time). The original date of February 7, 2014 was changed as one of the judges was  unavailable for health reasons.

For background on the trial, the Open Society Justice Initiative has produced a 2-page fact sheet and a more in depth 15-page briefing paper.

Katanga, alleged commander of the Force de résistance patriotique en
Ituri [Patriotic Resistance Force in Ituri] (FRPI) is accused of three
counts of crimes against humanity (murder, rape, and sexual slavery) and seven counts of war crimes (using children under the age of 15 to take active part in the hostilities; directing an … Continue Reading

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