Situation: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Case: The Prosecutor v. Callixte Mbarushimana
Callixte Mbarushimana, a 47 year old alleged national of Rwanda, was surrendered and transferred today, 25 January 2011, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the French authorities following a warrant of arrest issued by the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber I on 28 September 2010 and his arrest on 11 October 2010. He arrived at the ICC detention centre located in The Hague (The Netherlands), at 15:15 (local time).
The ICC Registrar, Ms Silvana Arbia, expressed the Court’s appreciation for the French authorities’ full cooperation in the enforcement of the warrant of arrest. Ms Arbia also conveyed her gratitude to the Dutch authorities for their assistance in transporting the suspect to the ICC detention centre.
An initial appearance hearing will be soon held before Pre-Trial Chamber I. During this public hearing, the Chamber will verify that the suspect has been informed of the crimes which he is alleged to have committed and of his rights under the Rome Statute. The Chamber will also schedule the date for the confirmation of charges hearing.
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