Media Advisory: 28 August 2015

Opening of the trial in the Ntaganda case: ICC to hold Press Conference on 1 September 2015


Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda

A Press Conference on the commencement of the trial in the case
The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda will be held on Tuesday 1 September 2015 at 11:00 (The Hague time) in the Press Briefing room of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. The conference will also be web-streamed live on the Court's website, with the possibility for ICC Twitter followers to ask their questions at the conference. 

Statements will be delivered by the ICC Registrar, Herman von Hebel, the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, the Defence Counsel for Bosco Ntaganda, Stéphane Bourgon, and the Legal Representatives of the two groups of victims in the case, Sarah Pellet and Dmytro Suprun, with an opportunity for questions and answers.

The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda is scheduled to open on 2 September 2015. Bosco Ntaganda, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Force Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo [Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC), is accused of 13 counts of war crimes and five crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Ituri, DRC, in 2002-2003.

Relevant information on the opening of the trial is available on our website at this link. 

Attending the Press Conference

Journalists wishing to attend the Press Conference are kindly requested to confirm their attendance by email to [email protected].

Media representatives attending the Conference are requested to use the public entrance located at Regulusweg and to present a valid press card.

Web-streaming of the Press Conference

The Press Conference will be web-streamed live on the ICC website at:

The video and audio files of the Press Conference will subsequently be available for download on an FTP server in MPEG-3 and MPEG-4 formats (video and audio) as well as on the ICC YouTube channel for viewing.

Asking a question on Twitter

ICC Twitter followers can ask their question in advance of the press conference or during the press conference @IntlCrimCourt using the hashtag #askthecourt.

Note that the Court will endeavor to answer as many questions as possible during or after the briefing, but cannot guarantee you a reply.

Parking facilities

Media representatives can use the parking facilities located at the intersection of Regulusweg and Wegastraat.

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].

For information related to audio-visual matters, please contact Violeta Willemsen-Curcic, AV Producer, at + 31 70 515 8422 or at [email protected]

​You can also follow the Court's activities on YouTube and Twitter