Ntaganda case: Trial Chamber II delivers order on reparations
On 14 July 2023, Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), composed of Judge Chang-ho Chung, presiding judge, Judge Péter Kovács, and Judge María del Socorro Flores Liera delivered an Addendum to the Reparations Order of 8 March 2021 in the Ntaganda case.
The trial of Mr Ntaganda opened on 2 September 2015. On 8 July 2019, ICC Trial Chamber VI found Bosco Ntaganda guilty of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, DRC, in 2002-2003. On 7 November 2019, he was sentenced to a total of 30 years of imprisonment. The Trial Chamber issued an order on reparations on 8 March 2021. The verdict and the sentence were confirmed by the Appeals Chamber on 30 March 2021. The Appeals Chamber partially reversed the reparations order and remanded it for the Trial Chamber to address five specific issues.
The Presiding judge delivered a summary of the decision at the hearing that was remotely attended by Mr Bosco Ntaganda. The Chamber conclusions included the estimation of the approximate number of direct and indirect victims of crimes against child soldiers, to approximately 3,000 individuals in total; and the estimation of the approximate number of direct and indirect victims of the attacks, to approximately 7,500 individuals in total. The Chamber assessed Mr Ntaganda’s liability for reparations at USD 31,300,000.
The Chamber reiterated its request for the Presidency’s assistance, with the support of the Registry, to continue exploring whether Mr Ntaganda possesses any undiscovered assets and to monitor Mr Ntaganda’s financial situation on an ongoing basis.
Finally, following this Addendum, the Chamber will rule on all aspects of the Draft Implementation Plan that do not require further submissions from the ICC Trust Fund for Victims or the parties, including the procedural aspects of the mechanism for the determination of the victims’ eligibility.
For further information on the case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda, please click here.
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