Republic of the Congo
Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda
10 February 2014, the confirmation of charges hearing
in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda opened before Pre-Trial
Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague
The hearing started with the opening statements of ICC
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Legal representatives of victims Sarah Pellet and Dmytro
Suprun, and Defence counsel Marc Desalliers. The hearing is scheduled to
take place from 10-14 February 2014. Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge
Ekaterina Trendafilova, Presiding Judge (Bulgaria), Judge Hans-Peter Kaul
(Germany) and Judge Cuno Tarfusser (Italy).
The confirmation of charges hearing is not a trial. It
is a Pre-Trial hearing held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence
to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of
the crimes charged. If charges are confirmed, the Pre-Trial Chamber commits the
case for trial before a Trial Chamber, which conducts the subsequent phase of
the proceedings: the trial.
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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