On 31 July 2009, ICC Trial chamber II rendered a decision on 345 applications for victim status to the proceedings in the case of the Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. The Chamber decided that 288 persons are granted victim status in the case. The Chamber rejected 5 applications. One person had filled 4 applications and is granted the status of victim participating in the proceedings. For the remaining 40 applications the Chamber requires a number of additional clarifications to make a decision; applicants have until 24 August 2009 to file these clarifications.
The Chamber applied rule 85 a) and b) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the criteria defined by the Appeals Chamber (ICC-01/04-01/06-1432, para. 61 to 65), namely: i) the applicant must be a natural or legal person; ii) that the person suffered a harm; iii) that the crime causing the harm falls within the jurisdiction of the Court and that the crime appears in the confirmation of charges; and iv) that there is a causal link between the crime and the harm.
The grounds for the decision were not disclosed in the document. These grounds will be communicated subsequently with an annex including the Chamber’s analysis of each application.
The trial in the Katanga-Ngudjolo case is scheduled to open on 24 September 2009.
The decision is available in French.