Trial Reports: Katanga Trial

Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui

The joined trials of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui concern two individuals alleged to have been involved in militias participating in the Congolese war. Katanga and Ngudjolo, alleged leaders of the FPRI and FNI militias respectively, are accused of the massacre of 200 civilians, sexual enslavement and the use of child soldiers in an attack on the village of Bogoro in 2003, which at the time was controlled by Thomas Lubanga (convicted by the ICC himself) and his UPC militia. Reportedly, Katanga preferred to use child soldiers as they would be more compliant to his orders.

Katanga was appointed to a leading role in the DRC military as part of a peace process, but was arrested, detained without trial for two years until he was transferred to the ICC in 2007. His trial was joined with that of Chui. However, the two trials were separated after completion of the defense case, with Ngudjolo being acquitted in December 2012, although he remains in the Netherlands due to a UN travel ban. The prosecution is appealing this acquittal Katanga’s trial finished in 2012, and no verdict has been returned as of yet. 

National Prosecution of Katanga Can Proceed, Says ICC Presidency

5 May 2016
On April 7, 2016, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision approving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) request to prosecute Germain Katanga before the High

National Prosecution of Katanga Can Proceed, Says ICC Presidency

5 May 2016
On April 7, 2016, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision approving the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) request to prosecute Germain Katanga before the High

Germain Katanga Granted Early Release

13 Nov 2015
On November 13, a panel of three appeals judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to reduce Germain Katanga’s sentence.

Germain Katanga Granted Early Release

13 Nov 2015
On November 13, a panel of three appeals judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to reduce Germain Katanga’s sentence.

Prosecution Does Not Oppose Katanga’s Release

7 Oct 2015
On Oct. 6, a panel of three appeals chamber judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) heard submissions on whether Germain Katanga should be released early from imprisonment.

Prosecution Does Not Oppose Katanga’s Release

7 Oct 2015
On Oct. 6, a panel of three appeals chamber judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) heard submissions on whether Germain Katanga should be released early from imprisonment.

ICC Judges to Consider Katanga’s Early Release

2 Oct 2015
Next week, a panel of three appeals chamber judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hear arguments about the early release of Germain Katanga.

ICC Judges to Consider Katanga’s Early Release

2 Oct 2015
Next week, a panel of three appeals chamber judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hear arguments about the early release of Germain Katanga.

Ngudjolo’s Asylum Proceedings: The Saga Continues

30 Apr 2015
This blog is a follow-up to the guest blog issued on March 13, 2015, titled “Asylum Proceedings in the Ngudjolo Case: What Happened in the Dutch Courts.”

Ngudjolo’s Asylum Proceedings: The Saga Continues

30 Apr 2015
This blog is a follow-up to the guest blog issued on March 13, 2015, titled “Asylum Proceedings in the Ngudjolo Case: What Happened in the Dutch Courts.”