Posted by: APO | 20 November 2009

Information for media concerning the press conference on 23 November, 2009 and the beginning of the trial of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on 24 November, 2009

 

Information for media concerning the press conference on 23 November, 2009 and the beginning of the trial of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on 24 November, 2009

 

THE HAGUE, Netherland, November 20, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Information for media concerning the press conference on 23 November, 2009 and the beginning of the trial of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on 24 November, 2009 :

Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case:
The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui

The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui will start on Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. (The Hague local time) (hearing schedule). The hearings will be conducted before Trial Chamber II until 11 December, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After the judicial recess, the hearings will resume on 26 January, 2010.

Press conference

A press conference will be held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, the day before, on 23 November, 2009, at 12.00 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room. The press conference will be broadcast on the Court’s website (www.icc-cpi.int) beginning at 3:00 p.m. Please note that a satellite feed will not be available.

The ICC Registrar, Silvana Arbia, the Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Counsel for the Defence of Germain Katanga, Andreas O’Shea, the Counsel for the Defence of Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, Jean-Pierre Kilenda, and the Representatives of the Victims, Fidel Nsita Luvengika and Jean-Louis Gilissen will make short statements after which there will be an opportunity for journalists to ask questions.

Audio and video summaries of the press conference on Monday, 23 November, 2009 will be available for distribution by email in the afternoon.

Background information on the case

On 17 October, 2007, Germain Katanga, (a DRC national), alleged commander of the Force de résistance patriotique en Ituri [Patriotic Resistance Force in Ituri] (FRPI), was arrested and transferred to the Court pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued under seal on 2 July, 2007, by Pre-Trial Chamber I at the request of the Prosecutor. On 6 February, 2008, Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui (also a DRC national), alleged leader of the Front des nationalistes et intégrationnistes [Nationalist Integrationist Front] (FNI), was arrested and transferred to the Court pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued under seal on 6 July, 2007, by the same Chamber at the request of the Prosecutor.

On 11 March, 2008, Pre-Trial Chamber I decided to join the two cases and, on 26 September, 2008, it confirmed charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against Katanga and Ngudjolo Chui. On 24 October, 2008, the Presidency of the Court constituted Trial Chamber II and referred the case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui to that Chamber, which has since convened status conferences and held a number of hearings. Trial Chamber II set the date for the commencement of the trial as Tuesday, 24 November, 2009.

The case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui is the second case in the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after that of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, whose trial commenced on 26 January, 2009, before Trial Chamber I. A forth warrant of arrest was issued by the Pre-Trial Chamber I on 22 August, 2006, against Bosco Ntaganda, who remains at large.

Satellite feed

NOS Eurovision will broadcast via satellite the entire hearing of Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa, Europe, and North and Latin America. Information on the frequency will be conveyed as soon as it is received from NOS Eurovision to all those currently subscribing to receive ICC press releases.

Photography and audiovisual documents of the proceedings

The Court will provide to all those currently subscribing to receive ICC press releases a link to a selection of digital photos (video resolution) taken by the Court’s photographer during the hearing.

Audio and video summaries of the proceedings on Tuesday, 24 November, will be available at 1.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. CET with stereo audio CH 1 – floor and CH 2 – French.

A television and radio programme of the proceedings, ‘ICC at a Glance’, produced by the Public Information and Documentation Section, in French will be available on Friday, 27 November, 2009.

Weekly audio and visual summaries will continue to be available throughout the trial.

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Videostreaming of proceedings

The proceedings will be held in open session unless ordered otherwise. It will be possible to follow them on the ICC website at:

Courtroom I:

Please note there will be a 30 minute delay in transmission.

Contacts:

For subscriptions to receive press releases: Ms Kerry Pickett Public Information Assistant at +31 (0)70 515 9130 or at Kerry.Pickett@icc-cpi.int

For AV services: Ms Violeta Willemsen-Curcic Video and Audio Producer at +31 (0)70 5158422 or at Violeta.WillemsenCurcic@icc-cpi.int

For interviews: Ms Sonia Robla, Head of Public Information and Documentation Section at +31 (0)70 515-8089 or +31 (0) 646448726 or at Sonia.Robla@icc-cpi.int

For technical problems with the videostreaming of the proceedings: Richard Hall at +31 70 515 9674.

SOURCE 

International Criminal Court (ICC)


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