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20 September 2004 by -

The trial of 22 members of the Congolese Armed Forces, which opened in April 2003 only to be immediately adjourned, re-opened before a military court on 26 August in Lumumbashi, Katanga province, reports AFP. The men are charged with «crimes against humanity, rape, pillage *and+ murder» according to an official at the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monuc). They will stand trial for crimes committed between 10 and 18 November 2002 in Ankoro, situated 800 km south of Lumumbashi.

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23 January 2006 by Emmanuel Chicon and Benjamin Bibas

On January 10, Serge Brammertz, the deputy prosecutor in charge of investigations at the International Criminal Court (ICC), was given a six-month temporary assignment as head of the UN's fact-finding committee on the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister. Since his departure, Congolese NGOs, which had already advised the Court to issue arrest warrants before the December 18 referendum, are concerned that the ICC "legal proceedings will be stalled" in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In a country where individuals suspected of war crimes hold political office, and whose terms may be renewed following the March 5 legislative elections, the question is: why is the ICC waiting to issue its first arrest warrants in the DRC?

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05 March 2007 by -

On February 19, the military tribunal of Bunia (the capital of Ituri district), handed down life sentences to 13 of the 15 accused soldiers of the first integrated brigade of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) — a unit composed of former militiamen that was trained with Belgian military cooperation in 2004. They were prosecuted for war crimes, following the discovery last November of a mass grave containing the bodies of 31 civilians in Bavi, a village 40 km south of Bunia.

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22 January 2007 by Emilia Richard

The Kilwa massacre trial, which opened December 12 before the Lubumbashi military high court, resumed on January 18. The Kilwa massacres were committed in Katanga by the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) in October 2004. Congolese military authorities are charging Colonel Ademar Ilunga with war crimes, along with eight FARDC members, and for the first time, three foreign nationals employed by the Canadian mining company Anvil Mining - Pierre Mercier, Peter Van Niekerk and Cedric Kirsten - are charged with complicity.

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25 September 2006 by Franck Petit

Paradox? On March 3, 2004 the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo deferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) because "the Congolese authorities are unfortunately not in a position to investigate the crimes" under the Rome Statute. Today, the world court is the one that has produced mediocre results while the Congolese courts have been handing down rulings in a series of trials for some of the most serious crimes.

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