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International Criminal Court: Trial of Congolese Leader to Continue

(July 14, 2010) On July 12, 2010, Judge Erkki Kourula and Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova of the International Criminal Court (ICC) turned down a request by Germain Katanga, a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to drop the charges in his trial. He is facing three counts of crimes against humanity and six of war crimes, stemming from an attack in 2003 on the village of Bogoro in the DRC. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui is being tried with Katanga, on the same charges. (Press Release, ICC, Appeals Chamber Confirms the Decision Rejecting the Motion of Germain Katanga for Stay of Proceedings (July 12, 2010),
; Dismissing Appeal, ICC Says Trial of Congolese Militia Leader Will Go On, UN NEWS CENTRE (July 12, 2010), <a href="

On June 30, 2009, Katanga filed a request with the Court, asking both that his detention be declared unlawful and that the trial itself be stayed. That request was rejected in November 2009; the recent decision was an affirmation by the Appeals Chamber that the November decision was correct. The Court stated that there had not been infringment of “Mr Katanga's right to a fair hearing and that he had been given adequate notice and opportunity to raise the issue of his alleged unlawful pre-surrender arrest and detention.” (UN NEWS CENTRE, supra.)

At the time of the 2003 assault, which took place in Ituri Province in the eastern part of the DRC, hundreds of people were slaughtered and many women from the village were forced into prostitution. Katanga was a senior leader of the Force de Résistance Patriotique en Ituri. Chui was a commander in the National Integrationalist Front. (Id.