On September 26, 2022, the trial was opened in the case of El Fiscal v.
Mahamat Said Abdel Kani before Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) (http://www.ICC-cpi.int) ), composed of Judge Miatta Maria Samba (Judge President), Judge Socorro Flores Liera and Judge Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godínez.
As an alleged former Seleka commander, Mr. Said is accused of crimes against humanity (imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts) and war crimes (torture and cruel treatment) allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR).
) in 2013.
The trial began with the reading of charges against Mr. Said. The Chamber was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Said is represented by lead attorney Jennifer Naouri and her team.
Court Prosecutor Karim AA Khan KC and Senior Trial Attorney Holo Makwaia addressed opening statements.
This will be followed by opening statements from Victims’ Legal Representative, Sarah Pellet, and the Defense.
The first prosecution witness is scheduled to begin testifying after the end of opening statements.
The prosecution is currently expected to call 43 witnesses.
After the meeting, the Victims’ Legal Representative may present observations, and the Defense will have the opportunity to present its case and summon witnesses.
At the end of the trial hearings, the Judges will issue a sentence within a reasonable time.
The Trial Chamber will convict someone only if it is satisfied that the charges have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Background: The arrest warrant against Mr. Mahamat Said Abdel Kani was issued sealed on January 7, 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR) in 2013.
Mr. Said was handed over to the ICC on January 24, 2021.
The initial appearance before the Court took place on January 28 and 29, 2021.
The confirmation of charges hearing (https://bit.ly/3SBUHFU) took place from January 12 to 14.
on October 9, 2021.
On December 9, 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II confirmed the charges brought by the Prosecution against Mr. Said and referred him to a Trial Chamber to stand trial on the confirmed charges: crimes against humanity (imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty; torture; persecution; enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts) and war crimes (torture and cruel treatment).
On February 21, 2022, Trial Chamber VI scheduled the opening of the trial for September 26, 2022.
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