Press Release: 6 December 2023

Al Hassan case: ICC Trial Chamber X to deliver Trial Judgment on 18 January 2024

M. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud dans la salle d'audience I de la Cour pénale internationale à La Haye (Pays-Bas) le 19 février 2020 © ICC-CPI

Today, 6 December 2023, Trial Chamber X of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that the judgment on conviction or acquittal pursuant to article 74 of the Rome Statute in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud will be delivered on Thursday, 18 January 2024 at 14:00 (The Hague local time). The session will be transmitted live through the ICC website. Practical information on attending the session and information materials will be available in due course.

The verdict will be read out in public and will either acquit or convict the accused. The accused before the ICC is presumed innocent. While the Prosecution must prove the guilt of the accused, the Trial Chamber will convict the accused only if it is satisfied that the charges have been proven beyond reasonable doubt. The Chamber bases its decision only on the applicable law and on evidence submitted and discussed before it at the trial. In response to the verdict, the parties will be able to appeal the decision before the ICC's Appeals Chamber.

Trial Chamber X is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Kimberly Prost. The three judges ensure the fairness of the trial and that the rights of both parties and of the victims are respected. 

Order scheduling the delivery of the Trial Judgment

Background: Mr Al Hassan is accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in Timbuktu (Mali). The trial in this case opened on 14-15 July 2020. Fifty-two oral witnesses were called by the Prosecution at this stage and 22 Defence witnesses appeared in court. The Legal Representatives of Victims, representing 2196 victims in this case, also called two witnesses to testify. On 8 February 2023, Trial Chamber X declared the closure of the submission of evidence in this case and parties and participants were requested to file their final briefs. The closing statements of the Prosecution, the Legal Representatives of Victims and the Defence took place from 23 to 25 May 2023.  
For further information on this case, check here.

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