ICC concludes confirmation of charges hearing in said case



ICC concludes confirmation of charges hearing in said case

If the charges are confirmed, in whole or in part, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber.

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, October 14, 2021 / APO Group / –

Today, October 14, 2021, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Mahamat Said Abdel Kani ended before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (, composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (President), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane.

The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for judges to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the suspect committed each of the crimes charged. If the charges are confirmed, in whole or in part, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the next phase of the proceedings: the trial.

After hearing the pleadings of the Prosecutor, the Legal Representative of Victims and the Defense from October 12 to 14, 2021, the judges have heard their respective submissions and will now begin their deliberations.

In accordance with regulation 53 of the Rules of Court, the Pre-Trial Chamber renders its written decision within 60 days of the date on which the confirmation of charges hearing ends. The Pre-Trial Chamber can then:

confirm the charges for which the Chamber has determined that there is sufficient evidence and refer the suspect to a Trial Chamber; refuse to confirm the charges for which he has determined that there is insufficient evidence and stay the proceedings against Mr. Said; adjourn the hearing and request the Prosecutor to provide additional evidence, conduct further investigations or modify any charges for which the evidence presented appears to establish that a crime other than the one charged has been committed.

The Defense and the Prosecutor cannot appeal this decision directly. However, they can apply to the Pre-Trial Chamber for leave to appeal.


Mr. Said, a national of the Central African Republic (CAR), born February 25, 1970 in Bria, was said to have been the Seleka commander and, as such, he is suspected of being responsible for the following crimes allegedly committed in Bangui ( RCA) in 2013:

crimes against humanity (imprisonment or other serious deprivation of liberty; torture; persecution; enforced disappearance; and other inhumane acts); and war crimes (torture and cruel treatment).

Mr. Said is suspected of having committed these crimes jointly with others and / or through others or of having ordered, solicited or induced these crimes or of having aided, abetted or otherwise aided in committing these crimes. crimes; or otherwise contributed to the commission of these crimes.

He was surrendered to the ICC by the Central African authorities on January 24, 2021, under an ICC arrest warrant issued under seal on January 7, 2019. His first court appearance was on January 28 and 29. 2021.

For more information on this case, see here (

Associated information:

Prosecution Submission of Document Containing Charges ( Arrest Warrant ( Case Fact Sheet: English (https: / /, French ( Questions and answers on confirmation of charges: English (, French (https: // bit. ly / 3mWNJgt), Sango (, Sango ( //

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