Media Advisory: 15 March 2017

Delivery of order for reparations to victims in Katanga case on 24 March 2017: Practical information


Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga

On 24 March 2017 at 10:00 (The Hague local time), Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its order for reparations to victims in the case The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga at a public hearing in Courtroom I at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Presiding Judge, Judge Olga Herrera-Carbuccia, and Judge Péter Kovács.

Background: Germain Katanga was sentenced, on 23 May 2014, to a total of 12 years' imprisonment after being  found guilty, as an accessory, of one count of crimes against humanity (murder) and four counts of war crimes (murder, attacking a civilian population, destruction of property and pillaging) committed on 24 February 2003 during the attack on the village of Bogoro, in the Ituri district of the DRC. The time spent by Mr Katanga in detention prior to being convicted was deducted from the sentence imposed. On 13 November 2015, three Judges of the Appeals Chamber reviewed Mr Katanga's sentence and decided to reduce it. On 19 December 2015, Mr Katanga was transferred to a DRC prison to serve his sentence, which he completed on 18 January 2016. Mr Katanga remains in a prison in the DRC due to national judicial proceedings against him relating to other alleged crimes.

Background documents
Case information sheet: English, Français
Website case page
Ordonnance fixant la date du prononcé de l'ordonnance de réparation

Webstreaming of the hearing
The hearing can be followed live on the ICC website at:

Attending the hearing

  • Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public can request attendance via email to: [email protected]. Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).

  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearing can request accreditation via email to: [email protected]. All journalists must present a valid press card, and a valid passport or valid ID with a photo, at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).

Please note that individuals who do not confirm their attendance in advance cannot be guaranteed access to the hearings. In order to avoid delays in accessing the building, those attending are advised to arrive one hour before the hearings start.

ICC Media Centre
For media representatives wishing to use the Court's media facilities, the Media Centre will open at 08:30. The ICC Media Centre is located in the building's 'Court Tower'. It is composed of hot desk areas, which can sit up to 104 people, and two interview rooms. The Media Centre distributes the video and embedded audio of the hearing, via HD-SDI with a female BNC connection. Journalists wishing to connect to this should bring compatible equipment and a BNC cable. Power is provided (European plug). Wi-Fi connection is available in the Media Centre.

AV materials
Filming or photography is strictly prohibited inside the Court building, apart from the interview rooms and the Media Centre area.

Images of the hearing will be available for download on an FTP server in video (MPEG-4) and audio (MPEG-3) format, and for viewing on the official ICC YouTube Channel. For information on audio-visual matters, please contact Violeta Willemsen-Curcic, Head of Audio-Visual Production Unit: [email protected]

Parking facilities
Media representatives can use the ICC's Visitor Parking.

SNG vehicles
The ICC Parking includes an area for SNG vehicles. BNC connections are available and the video format is HD-SDI with embedded Audio (8 dual mono pairs): Channel 1 – Floor language (international audio); Channel 2 - English interpretation; Channel 3 - French interpretation; Channel 4 - 8 - Other languages, or if no interpretation then Floor language will be sent.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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