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ICC cases an opportunity for communities in Ituri to come together and move forward

(EMAILWIRE.COM, June 28, 2008 ) The Hague - ICC-OTP-20080627-PR332-ENG

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

“This case is about the criminal responsibility of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui who deliberately planned, orchestrated and ordered their troops to attack and “wipe out” the village of Bogoro on 24 February 2003,” Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda declared today to the Pre-Trial Chamber judges, during the first day of the Confirmation of Charges hearing on the case of The Prosecutor vs. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui.

Prosecution evidence will show that Katanga and Ngudjolo Chui are personally responsible for killing children, women, the elderly; burning houses with occupants still inside, pillaging. The Prosecution evidence will show that they committed massive sexual violence against women including rape and sexual enslavement: women were forced into military camps and given as “wives” to their captors, detained in holes dug in the ground, where they were repeatedly raped by soldiers and officers alike.

Since July 2002, approximately 8,000 civilians were killed as a result of the armed conflict in Ituri. More than 600,000 civilians were forced to flee their homes.

“Our mandate is justice, justice for the victims. The victims of Bogoro; the victims of crimes in Ituri; the victims in the DRC. This case, and each of our cases, is a message to victims of crimes worldwide, that perpetrators will be held accountable,” said the Prosecutor. “This case and our other cases in the DRC are an opportunity for all the communities in this province torn by conflict, to come together. Our cases are about the individual responsibility of criminals. There can be no solidarity with people like Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Germain Katanga or Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. The work of justice can help Ituri move forward”.

The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes if national authorities with jurisdiction are unwilling or unable to do so genuinely. The Office of the Prosecutor is currently investigating in four situations: The Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Uganda, the Darfur Region of Sudan, and the Central African Republic, all still engulfed in various degrees of conflict with victims in urgent need of protection.


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