The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona
The arrest warrant for Alfred Yekatom was issued on 11 November 2018 and unsealed on 17 November 2018. He was surrendered to the ICC on 17 November 2018 and appeared for the first time before Pre-Trial Chamber II on 23 November 2018. The arrest warrant for Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was issued on 7 December 2018. He was arrested by the authorities of the French Republic on 12 December 2018 and transferred to the ICC detention centre on 23 January 2019, upon completion of necessary national proceedings. His initial appearance before Pre-Trial Chamber II took place on 25 January 2019. On 20 February 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II joined the Yekatom and Ngaïssona cases.
The confirmation of charges hearing was held on 19-25 September and 11 October 2019. On 11 December 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II partially confirmed the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Mr Yekatom and Mr Ngaïssona and committed them to trial. The public redacted version of the decision on the confirmation of charges was published on 20 December 2019.
On 11 March 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber II rejected the Prosecution's Request for Reconsideration of, or alternatively Leave to Appeal, the "Decision on the confirmation of charges against Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona", thereby concluding the proceedings in the case before that Chamber, and ordering the Registrar to transmit the Decision Confirming the Charges and the record of the proceedings to the ICC Presidency. This was done on 13 March 2020. On 16 March 2020, the Presidency constituted Trial Chamber V to be in charge of this case and is composed of Judge Bertram Schmitt, Judge Péter Kovács and Judge Chang-ho Chung.
The trial opened on 16 February 2021 before Trial Chamber V. The prosecution called 75 witnesses to testify.
Mr Yekatom and Mr Ngaïssona are in the Court's custody.
Next steps: On 18 September 2023, the Legal Representatives of Victims will start presenting evidence before Trial Chamber V and are expected to call three witnesses. Then it will be for the Defense to present its evidence.
30 October 2023, Trial hearing, Courtroom I
31 October 2023, Trial hearing, Courtroom I
01 November 2023, Trial hearing, Courtroom I
02 November 2023, Trial hearing, Courtroom I
03 November 2023, Trial hearing, Courtroom I
Trial Chamber V
Office of the Prosecutor
Karim A. A. Khan QC, Prosecutor
Kweku Vanderpuye, Senior Trial Lawyer
Sarah Bafadhel, Associate Counsel
Geert-Jan Knoops, principal Counsel
Richard Omissé-Namkeamaï, Associate Counsel
Marie-Hélène Proulx, Associate Counsel
Legal Representatives of the Victims
Abdou Dangabo Moussa