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 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

Sentence: 23 May 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.  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.