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Germain Katanga’s Sentence Reduced and to be Completed on 18 January 2016

Germain Katanga at the International Criminal Court.Retrieved from the ICC website (www.icc-cpi.int)

On 13 November 2015, a three judge panel of the Appeals Chamber of the ICC reviewed Germain Katanga’s sentence on the basis of Article 110 of the Rome Statute, which allows for the revision of a sentence that has been served by two thirds.

Mr. Katanga was first taken into custody on 17 October 2007. Following his trial, he was found guilty on 7 March 2014 of being an accessory to the war crimes of murder, directing an attack against a civilian population, pillaging, and the destruction of property, as well as of the crime against humanity of murder, for his involvement in the attack on Bogoro, a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2003. After becoming the second person to be convicted by the ICC, he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on 23 May 2014.

The Chamber decided to reduce Mr. Katanga’s sentence on the basis of:

  • Mr. Katanga’s early and continuing willingness to cooperate with the Court.
  • His disassociation from his crimes as expressed by his repeated acceptance of culpability and regret for the harm he had caused.
  • The Chamber’s positive view on Mr. Katanga’s potential to resocialize and successfully resettle.
  • That Mr. Katanga’s early release would not trigger significant social instability.
  • A change in Mr. Katanga’s individual circumstances, referring to his responsibility to provide for his extended family as a result of the deaths of his father and brother.

As a result of the reduction of his sentence by 3 years and 8 months, Mr. Katanga will be released on 18 January 2016. Mr. Katanga will become the first ICC defendant to have completed his sentence.

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