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22 October 2007

Germain Katanga, second Congolese transfer to the ICC

Arrested by Congolese authorities in February 2005, former militia leader Germain Katanga, alias Simba ("lion" in Swahili), was transferred from Kinshasa to The Hague on October 18. The International Criminal Court (ICC) accuses him of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the February 23, 2003 attack on the Bogoro village in Ituri, eastern Congo. After more than three years of investigation, the ICC now has only two suspects in custody: Katanga and former militia leader Thomas Lubanga, who was transferred from Kinshasa to The Hague on March 17, 2006.

CDF: a “legitimate” cause

You committed horrible crimes, but your struggle was legitimate and that makes a difference. That is essentially what the judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leone said on October 9 when they sentenced two leaders of the former Civil Defense Forces (CDF), high priest Allieu Kondewa and war director Moinina Fofana to 7 and 8 years in prison. They had been found guilty of war crimes on August 2. This delicate judgment, which was part of the debate during the presidential campaign, gave validity to the notion that fighting for the return to democracy is not the same as fighting against it.

Croatia proves itself

On October 15, Branimir Glavas, a retired Croatian general and long-time head of 1 of the 20 Croatian counties, entered the county court of Zagreb. He is accused of war crimes committed 16 years ago, during the war in former Yugoslavia. Leaning on a cane, this 51-year-old man, usually energetic, seemed weakened. His voice trembled as he greeted his peaceful supporters.

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Germaine Katanga at International Criminal Court. Copyright Flickr/ICC-CPI
13 January 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Despite lingering uncertainties, the final convictions of two Congolese warlords raises hopes that this year victims will see reparations handed to them by the International Criminal Court.

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15 April 2014 by IJT

Both the defence and the prosecution announced, last week, their intent to appeal Germain Katanga's verdict at the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

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28 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Last week Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court (ICC). While pronouncing a sentence that could lead to the early release, next year, of the universal court’s second convict, the presiding judge Bruno Cotte stressed the gravity of the crime. 

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28 May 2014 by IJT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) appeals chamber ordered last week the registrar to “immediately implement” the deportation of three Congolese witnesses detained at the ICC’s detention unit for three years. 

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14 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

For the second time in its 12 years’ existence, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has held a sentencing hearing. The prosecution sought a maximum 25 years in prison for the former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. The defence underlined his relatively lowly status and his youth as mitigating factors.

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11 June 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The sentencing of Germain Katanga last month [IJT-160] at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to 12 years imprisonment is the second in the court’s existence. During extensive post-trial deliberations, his charges were changed – while his co-accused Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui was acquitted. The trial chamber was sharply divided, with Judge Christine van den Wyngaert, from Belgium, expressing strong dissenting opinions. Prosecution and defence have declared their intentions to appeal the conviction. 

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09 July 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Former militia leader Germain Katanga, who was convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March, has expressed his “sincere regrets” to victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has decided to accept the court’s verdict. The reasons for this unusual move – made public on 25 June in a press release announcing the simultaneous withdrawal of the prosecutor’s appeal – were not provided, leaving a number of questions.

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28 May 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 160.

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09 July 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 163.

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