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18 décembre 2012

ICC acquits Congolese armed group leader

ICC acquits Congolese armed group leader
Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui was on trial at the ICC for rape, sexual slavery and other serious crimes committed in 2003 in eastern DRC.

Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui was on trial at the ICC for rape, sexual slavery and other serious crimes committed in 2003 in eastern DRC.

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This ruling undoubtedly will disappoint many victims, but it should only strengthen demands for justice in the DRC where impunity is pervasive and thousands of suspects have never been investigated or prosecuted by the ICC or national courts
Source: 
Tawanda Hondora, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Law and Policy Programme
Date: 
Ma, 18/12/2012

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague today acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, who had been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The National Integration Front (FNI) armed group under Ngudjolo Chui’s command has been accused of rape, sexual slavery and other serious crimes under international law during a February 2003 attack against the village of Bogoro in the eastern DRC’s Ituri region.

“This ruling undoubtedly will disappoint many victims, but it should only strengthen demands for justice in the DRC where impunity is pervasive and thousands of suspects have never been investigated or prosecuted by the ICC or national courts,” said Tawanda Hondora, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Law and Policy Programme.

“With the completion of Ngudjolo Chui’s trial, attention should turn to the horrific abuses that are still being committed with almost complete impunity in eastern DRC today, including killings, rape and sexual violence in North Kivu province.

“Since the ICC Prosecutor failed to meet the burden of proof, Ngudjolo continues to be presumed innocent of the charges in this case – having been acquitted of the charges against him, we believe he should be released immediately.”

The prosecution has indicated it will appeal today’s ruling.

Amnesty International will analyze the full ICC decision in detail. An initial review of the summary indicates that the ICC Trial Chamber followed due process in determining that the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ngudjolo Chui was responsible as a co-perpetrator for the Bogoro attacks.

For a more detailed analysis, please see Amnesty International's public statement on this case.

Thème

Conflit armé 
Groupes armés 
Crimes contre l'humanité et crimes de guerre 
Exécutions extrajudiciaires et autres homicides illégaux 
Impunité 
Justice internationale 
Réfugiés, personnes déplacées et migrants 
Procès et systèmes juridiques 
Femmes 

Pays

République démocratique du Congo 

Région ou pays

Afrique 

Campagnes

Justice internationale 
Halte à la violence contre les femmes 

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