Today, 29 September 2014, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case
The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé opened before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague (Netherlands).
The hearing started with the opening statements of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Legal representative of victims Paolina Massidda, and Defence counsel Nick Kaufman. The hearing is
scheduled until 2 October 2014. Pre-Trial Chamber I is composed of Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (presiding judge), Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova and Judge Christine van den Wyngaert.
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.
Charles Blé Goudé allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, and other inhuman acts, allegedly committed in the territory of Côte d'Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011.
Further information on this case is available
Photographs of the hearing can be downloaded on the Court's
Flickr account at:
YOUTUBE (for viewing):
AUDIO (for download, mpeg3 format):
VIDEO (for download, mpeg4):
Summary of the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing, (160 MB)
Opening of the Confirmation of Charges Hearing, (94.6 MB)
- Opening statements of the Office of the Prosecutor,
Floor, (189.3 MB) |
French, (140.2 MB)
Opening statements of the Legal representative of Victims, (109.2 MB)
- Opening statements of the Defence,
Floor, (120.8 MB) |
French, (91.2 MB)
Floor, (106.6 MB) |
French, (106.9 MB)
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, Presiding Judge, Pre-Trial Chamber I
Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor
Eric MacDonald, Senior Trial Lawyer, Office of the Prosecutor
Paolina Massidda, Office of Public Counsel for Victims
Nicholas Kaufman, Defence Counsel
An audio and video summary of the opening of the Confirmation of Charges Hearing will follow shortly.
For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].
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