The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga

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Germain Katanga

Germain Katanga Born on 28 April 1978 in Mambassa, Ituri District.
National of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Alleged commander of the Force de résistance patriotique en Ituri (FRPI).
Prosecution application for a warrant of arrest: 25 June 2007.
Warrant of arrest issued by Pre-Trial Chamber I:
Issued under seal on2 July 2007
Unsealed on18 October 2007
Surrender to the Court and transfer to the detention centre in The Hague
17 October 2007
First appearance before Pre-Trial Chamber I22 October 2007
Confirmation of charges hearingFrom 27 June to 18 July 2008
Decision on confirmation of charges26 September 2008

Opening of the trial24 November 2009
Closing Statements15 to 23 May 2012
Severing of the charges against Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui21 November 2012
Judgment7 March 2014
Sentence23 May 2014

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On 7 March 2014, Trial Chamber II found German Katanga guilty, as an accessory, within the meaning of article 25(3)(d) of the Rome Statute, of one count of crime against humanity (murder) and four counts of 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 DRC. The Chamber acquitted Germain Katanga of the other charges that he was facing.  On 25 June 2014, the Defence for Germain Katanga and the Office of the Prosecutor discontinued their appeals against the judgment in the Katanga case. The judgment is now final. On 23 May 2014, Trial Chamber II, ruling in the majority, sentenced Germain Katanga to a total of 12 years' imprisonment. The Chamber also ordered that the time spent in detention at the ICC – between 18 September 2007 and 23 May 2014 – be deducted from his sentence. Decisions on possible victim reparations will be rendered later.