Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga
On 7 March 2014 at 09:30 (The Hague local time), Trial
Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) - composed of Judge Bruno
Cotte (Presiding Judge), Judge Fatoumata Dembele Diarra, and Judge Christine
Van den Wyngaert - will deliver its judgment in the case The Prosecutor
v. Germain Katanga. A summary of the judgment will be read during a public
Court hearing by Presiding Judge Bruno Cotte, in the presence of the Accused
and his Defence team, the Prosecution and the Legal Representatives of Victims.
Germain Katanga, alleged commander of the Force de résistance patriotique en Ituri
[Patriotic Resistance Force in Ituri] (FRPI) is accused of three counts of
crimes against humanity (murder, rape and sexual slavery) and seven counts of
war crimes (using children under the age of 15 to take active part in the
hostilities; directing an attack against a civilian population as such or
against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities; wilful
killing; destruction of property; pillaging; sexual slavery and rape). His
trial started on 24 November 2009 and closing statements from parties and
participants were heard from 15 to 23 May 2012.
Further information on this case is available here.
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