Democratic Republic of the Congo



The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga

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 on 2 July 2007
Unsealed on 18 October 2007
Surrender to the Court and transfer to the detention centre in The Hague
17 October 2007
First appearance before Pre-Trial Chamber I 22 October 2007
Confirmation of charges hearing From 27 June to 18 July 2008
Decision on confirmation of charges 26 September 2008

Opening of the trial 24 November 2009
Closing Statements 15 to 23 May 2012
Severing of the charges against Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui 21 November 2012
Judgment 7 March 2014

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. Decisions on sentencing and victim reparations will be rendered later. The Prosecutor and the Defence may appeal the judgment within 30 days.