ICC acquits Congolese militia leader NgudjoloSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 19/12/2012 7:09 am in World / no comments
THE HAGUE, Dec. 18 — The trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday acquitted Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Ngudjolo, 42, was charged on three counts of crimes against humanity and seven counts of war crimes allegedly committed during an attack against the Bogoro village in the Ituri region on February 24, 2003.
According to the judges it was not proven that Ngudjolo was a commander during the attack and as a result the prosecution failed to prove beyond doubt that he was responsible for the crimes allegedly committed.
The chamber emphasized that the verdict did not mean that no crimes were committed in Bogoro.
“The fact of deciding that an accused is not guilty does not necessarily mean that the chamber finds him innocent,” the court said.
“Such a decision simply demonstrates that, given the standard of proof, the evidence presented to support his guilt has not allowed the Chamber to form a conviction beyond reasonable doubt,” it added.
Ngudjolo was transferred to the ICC detention centre in The Hague in February 2008.