Congo Militia Leader Katanga Jailed 12 Years

more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>”The chamber sentences Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison, price ” presiding Judge, Bruno Cotte, told the Hague-based court in its second sentencing since opening in 2003.

Born in Ituri District on April 28, 1978 in Mambassa, Ituri District National of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Alleged commander of the Force de résistance patriotique en Ituri (FRPI).

Prosecution applied for a warrant of his arrest on June 25, 2007.

The warrant of arrest was issued by ICC on July 2, 2007 but Katanga surrendered on October 18, 2007.

He made his first appearance in court on October 22, 2007 for hearing of the charges.


He was charged with crimes against humanity including; mass rapes, looting, destruction of property and murder of the innocents.

What followed was a series of legal gymnastics that lasted till this year.

On March 7, 2014, Trial Chamber II found German Katanga guilty, as an accessory, within the meaning of article 25 (3) (d) of the Rome Statute, of one count of crime against humanity (murder) and four counts of war crimes (murder, attacking a civilian population, destruction of property and pillaging) committed on February 24, 2003 during the attack on the village of Bogoro, in the Ituri district of the DRC.

The Chamber acquitted Germain Katanga of the other charges that he was facing.

The Prosecutor and the Defence have appealed the judgment.

The Chamber decided that Germain Katanga continued to be detained pending sentencing, which would be pronounced on May 23, 2014 during a public hearing.

Decisions on victim reparations would too be rendered later.

When he re-appeared today, Judge Bruno noted that the almost seven years that Katanga has already spent in detention will be deducted from the sentence.

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