Press Release: 24 August 2015

ICC Presidency re-assigns the situation in DRC to Pre-Trial Chamber I


On 21 August 2014, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) re-assigned the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Pre-Trial Chamber I, in view of the respective workload of the two ICC Pre-Trial Chambers and the need to ensure the proper administration of the Court.

On 17 March 2015, the ICC Presidency had issued a decision constituting Pre-Trial Chambers in which, inter alia, the situations concerning Côte d'Ivoire, Libya, Mali and Registered Vessels were assigned to Pre-Trial Chamber I and the two situations in the Central African Republic, together with the situations in Darfur, Kenya and Uganda were assigned to Pre-Trial Chamber II.

Pre-Trial Chamber I is composed of Judge Joyce Aluoch, Presiding Judge, Judge Cuno Tarfusser and Judge Péter Kovács.

The situation in DRC was referred to the Court by the DRC government in April 2004. The Prosecutor opened an investigation in June 2004. In the context of this situation, six cases have been brought before the ICC Judges who have issued 7 arrest warrants. One case is currently at the pre-trial stage; the case concerning Sylvestre Mudacumura. The ICC Prosecutor continues its investigations regarding this situation.

Decision Re-assigning the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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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