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ICC Trial Chamber II to issue order for reparations to victims in the Katanga Case.

Germain Katanga, Alleged commander of the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI) © ICC - CPI

Germain Katanga, Alleged commander of the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI) © ICC – CPI

On 22 February 2017, Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) scheduled the delivery of the order for reparations to victims in the case The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga for 24 March 2017 at 10:00 GMT+1. This order will be delivered at a public hearing in Courtroom I at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The (Netherlands) in the presence of the Common legal representative of the victims, Mr Katanga’s Defence team, and The Trust Fund for Victims. If a convicted person does not have sufficient resources to award reparations, the Trust Fund for Victims may assist in the implementation, within the limits of its resources.

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 Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Chamber has directed the ICC Registry to establish, as far as possible, a video link between Courtroom I and the Makala Prison in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where Mr Katanga is detained, in order to allow him to attend the delivery of the order. The Registry is also directed, as far as possible, to establish a video link between Courtroom I and Bunia (DRC), the district capital and scene of the ethnic conflict, in order to allow as many interested persons as possible who filed applications for reparation, to attend the delivery of the order.

(Source: ICC Media Advisory)

 

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