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ICC released Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui from custody following his acquittal
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Prosecutor v. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui
21 December 2012, Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui was released from custody following his
acquittal by Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The
Prosecutor has however appealed the verdict.
Ngudjolo Chui will remain temporarily in The Netherlands until the travel ban
imposed by the United Nations is lifted to allow him to return to the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The release of Mr Ngudjolo Chui is
being made taking into account his opinion, according to ICC legal texts.
Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui has expressed interest in returning to the DRC if the
security situation allows.
ICC proceedings, Mr Ngudjolo Chui was detained at the ICC Detention Centre
located within a Dutch prison complex in Scheveningen - on the outskirts of The
Background: The trial against Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui started on 24
November 2009. On 18 December 2012, Trial Chamber II 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 (DRC) 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 Office of the Prosecutor has appealed the
verdict. The Chamber also ordered the immediate release of Mathieu Ngudjolo
Chui following his acquittal. On 20 December 2012, the Appeals Chamber 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.
ICC press releases:
ICC Appeals Chamber: Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui will not remain
in detention during the appeals phase
Chamber II acquits Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui
Trial Chamber II dismisses request for Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui
to remain in custody
further information, please contact Sonia Robla,
Chief of Public Information Section, International Criminal Court, by telephone
at: +31 (0)70 515-8089 or 31 (0)6 46448726 or by e-mail at: [email protected].
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