Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga
Today, 7 March 2014, Trial Chamber II of the
International Criminal Court (ICC), ruling in the majority, with Judge
Christine Van den Wyngaert dissenting, rendered its judgment in the case The
Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga. The Chamber was satisfied beyond reasonable
doubt of Germain Katanga’s guilt as an accessory, within the meaning of article
25(3)(d) of the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, to one crime against
humanity (murder) and four war crimes (murder, attacking a civilian population,
destruction of property and pillaging) committed on 24 February 2003 during the
attack on the village of Bogoro, in the Ituri district of the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC). Decisions on sentencing and victim reparations
will be rendered later. The Prosecutor and the Defence may appeal the judgment
within 30 days.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) wishes to express its full support for the 2014 United Nations theme for International Women’s Day: “Equality for women is progress for all”. We must all work together to unlock the potential of women, empowering them to be true agents of change playing fundamental roles at all levels of society.
assuming my mandate as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), I
have made the need to devise and implement a policy on sexual violence and gender based crimes an Office priority. To
this end, on 7 February 2014, my Office published a
Draft Policy Paper for public
comment. I am thrilled and encouraged by the positive and overwhelming public
response we have received from various entities, including States,
international institutions, civil society, academia and individuals and experts
around the world. This once again demonstrates
the international commitment and support behind the fight against impunity for
sexual violence and gender based crimes.
Democratic Republic of the CongoCase:
Prosecutor v. Bosco NtagandaToday,
5 March 2013, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
dismissed, by majority, the appeal of Bosco Ntaganda against the Pre-Trial Chamber II decision
of 18 November 2013.
Pre-Trial Chamber II had rejected the Defence’s application for interim
release. Mr Ntaganda remains in the ICC’s custody.
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