Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo
Today, 12 April 2011, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) set the timetable for the closing written submissions in the case The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, and convened the parties and participants to present their closing oral statements in public hearings on 25 and 26 August 2011.
The Prosecution and the Legal Representation of Victims are to file their written closing submissions no later than 1 June 2011, to which the Defence may reply, no later than 15 July 2011. The Prosecution may file a reply to the Defence by 1 August, and the Defence will have until 15 August to file its final reply. These final submissions shall address all the relevant legal and factual issues arising in the case.
As indicated in the Trial Chamber’s order setting the timetable, the parties and participants should be prepared at the closing hearings, on 25 and 26 August, to entertain questions from the Trial Chamber when their closing statements are delivered orally.
Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is accused of having committed, as a co-perpetrator, war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 years into the Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo) (FPLC), and using them to participate actively in hostilities in Ituri, a district of the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between September 2002 and August 2003.
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