The Hague deports ICC witnesses to DRC

09 July 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Three Congolese witnesses of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who were denied asylum in The Netherlands, were deported on Sunday to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Their return was handled by the Dutch authorities, said their lawyer Flip Schüller.

There was no ICC official, he adds, to accompany them during the chartered flight, although an ICC representative was supposed to be waiting for their arrival in Kinshasa. “I don’t know where they are. Currently I have no contact with my clients,” Schüller told IJT.

Floribert Ndjabu, Pierre Celestin Mbodina and Charif Manda Ndadza were detained in their country before they came to The Netherlands in 2011 to testify. In court, they accused the Congolese president of war crimes, said they feared reprisals and applied from their ICC cells for asylum. A long legal battle ensued [IJT-159].

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