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ICC Appeals Chamber: Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui will not remain in detention during the appeals phase
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Prosecutor v. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui
Today, 20 December 2012, the Appeals
Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rejected the Office of the
Prosecutor’s request to keep Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui in custody until the Chamber
decides on its appeal of the immediate release decision following the acquittal
of the person.
On 18 December 2012, Trial Chamber II
had rejected the Prosecutor’s request to keep Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui in custody
during the appeal against his acquittal. On 19 December 2012, the Prosecutor
appealed the decision, requesting the Appeals Chamber to suspend its effects
and to keep Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui in detention until the Chamber decides on the
merits of the appeal. The Appeals Chamber rejected this request for suspensive
effect in the absence of strong reasons in its support and found that the
interest of Mr Ngudjolo Chui to be released immediately prevailed.
In accordance with Trial Chamber II’s
orders, the Registry has started making the necessary arrangements to release
Mr Ngudjolo Chui, taking his views into account. This could be done in a State
which is obliged to receive him or in another State which agrees to receive him.
18 December 2012, Trial Chamber II had acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of three
counts of crimes against humanity and seven counts of war crimes allegedly
committed during an attack against the Bogoro village (Democratic Republic of
the Congo) on 24 February 2003. Judges found that the Prosecution had not
proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui was responsible for
the crimes committed during the attack.
the request of the Prosecutor of 19 December 2012 for suspensive effect
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