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Al Hassan case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I accepts amendments to the charges

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Mr Al Hassan during the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 8 July 2019 ©ICC-CPI<br>
Mr Al Hassan during the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 8 July 2019 ©ICC-CPI

Today, 23 April 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court") issued a confidential decision partially granting the Prosecutor's request to modify the charges against Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud (Mr Al Hassan). A redacted version of this decision will be made public later. [NB: The redacted version of this decision was made public on 11 May 2020.]

In its decision, the Chamber decided to include in the charges already confirmed against Mr. Al Hassan additional facts for which there are substantial grounds to believe that he would be responsible for.

Thus, the following charges of crimes against humanity are modified to include additional facts: sexual slavery, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts, including forced marriage; as well as the following charges of war crimes: cruel treatment, sexual slavery, rape, outrages upon personal dignity and passing of sentences without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all judicial guarantees which are generally recognized as indispensable. The other requests by the Prosecutor were dismissed.

Background: The warrant of arrest for Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud was issued on 27 March 2018. He was surrendered to the ICC on 31 March 2018. He is in the Court's custody. The confirmation of charges hearing took place from 8 to 17 July 2019. On 30 September 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber I issued a confidential decision confirming the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Mr Al Hassan and committed him to trial. The redacted version of the decision was published on 13 November 2019. On 21 November 2019, Trial Chamber X was constituted and will be responsible for conducting the trial in the Al Hassan case. The trial is scheduled to open on 14 July 2020.


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