On Thursday, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) approved the prosecution of Germain Katanga by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the behest of national authorities. The main factor in the Presidency’s Decision was that the allegations leveled against Mr Katanga in the domestic proceedings in the DRC are not the same ones for which he was previously put on trial before the ICC.

On 10th March 2016, the DRC requested that the Court authorize the domestic prosecution of Mr Katanga for offences he is said to have committed on DRC territory between 2002-2006.


This decision constitutes the first time that the ICC has been called upon to interpret and apply article 108 of the Rome Statute, paragraph 1 of which requires the Court to approve the prosecution, punishment or extradition of a sentenced person in the custody of a State of enforcement.


Mr Katanga’s Lead Counsel before the ICC has given his reaction to the decision: “It is highly disappointing. It is extraordinary that the Presidency of the International Criminal Court has given approval to the DRC to prosecute Mr Katanga for offences before a military court which has no appeal mechanism, no legal aid and with little capacity to provide a fair trial.”








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Coalition for the International Criminal Court


The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Master on International Criminal Justice created with the Rovira i Virgili University

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom



Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,