Arusha, November 25, 2011(FH) - The election of the successor of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo could take place next Wednesday. The international Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) continues next Monday with special deposition hearings in the case of former Commander of the Rwandan Presidential Guard, Augustin Bizimana.

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Election of Ocampo's successor: the successor of the Prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno Ocampo will be probably elected next Wedesday after it had failed to take place Thursday this week. Four candidate are contesting for the post including, Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia, Andrew Cayley of the UK, Mohammed Othman of Tanzania and Robert Petit of Canada. If there is no agreement on the candidate, the next prosecutor will be elected by the Assembly of States Parties in New York which will start on December 12.   

Bemba's case: The trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba will continue next Monday at the ICC with the prosecution calling the 33 witness. Bemba, a Congolese senator and leader of Movement for Liberation of Congo (MLC), is charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic between 2002 and 2003.

Katanga/Ngudjolo case: Judges in the case of two former Gongolese militiamen, Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo will decide next week in the same court whether to call additional witnesses or not. The last witness to be heard was Ngudjolo who had already concluded his evidence on November 11, 2011.


Special deposition hearings in Bizimana case: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will next Monday continue with the special deposition hearings in the case of former Rwandan Defence Minister, Augustin Bizimana. He is charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or complicity in genocide, as alternative count, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The proceedings are conducted in order to preserve the prosecution's evidence for future use if he were to be arrested.


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