Information on the Confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda, 10-14 February 2014

Bosco NtagandaThe confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda is scheduled took place on 10-14 February 2014 before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The confirmation of charges hearing is a public hearing after which the Chamber will decide whether or not to confirm all or any of the charges brought against Bosco Ntaganda and, if confirmed, to commit him for trial. Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, Presiding Judge, Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, and Judge Cuno Tarfusser.

The ICC has issued two warrants of arrest for Bosco Ntaganda. As the former alleged Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Forces Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo [Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC), Mr Ntaganda is suspected of 13 counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 1 September 2002 and the end of September 2003. On 22 March 2013, Bosco Ntaganda surrendered himself voluntarily and is now in the ICC’s custody. 

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Attending hearings

The hearing schedule can be consulted here. To attend the hearing, go to the public entrance of the Court located on Regulusweg in The Hague. Any person entering the Court building will have to pass through the security checks and present valid identification (passport, identity card or driving licence). In the interests of public order, under-sixteen-year-olds are not allowed in the Court building.

The public gallery seats 75 persons. Seats are allocated according to the order of precedence and arrival at the Court. You may stay until the end of the hearing. Simultaneous interpretation into English and French is available during hearings. Headphones are available to the public for this purpose.

Members of the media in possession of a valid press card can also access the Court’s Media Centre. The area can seat up to 64 people and includes plasma TV screens; a Wi-Fi Internet service; cards (plug + play) for those without Wi-Fi capability in their PC or laptop; 6 computers with Internet access; and 7 telephones that may be used free of charge for internal calls.

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The proceedings can be followed with a 30-minute delay on the ICC website at: English, French

The hearings will be held in open session unless ordered otherwise.