Confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case to open on 8 July 2019: Practical Information

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The confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is scheduled to open on 8 July 2019 at 14:00 (The Hague local time) before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pre-Trial Chamber I is composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou.

The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of the crimes charged. If the charges are confirmed, in full or in part, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings: the trial.

 Mr Al Hassan is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in 2012 and 2013 in Timbuktu, Mali. The warrant of arrest was issued on 27 March 2018. He was surrendered on 31 March 2018 and made his first appearance before the ICC on 4 April 2018. Mr Al Hassan is in ICC custody.

Calendar of the hearing : Ordonnance portant calendrier aux fins de l’audience de confirmation des charges  and Ordonnance modifiant l’« Ordonnance portant calendrier aux fins de l’audience de confirmation des charges » 

Further information on the case: EnglishFrançais

Case information sheet: EnglishFrançais

 Webstreaming of the hearing: 
The hearing can be followed with 30 minute delay on the ICC website (Courtroom 1).

 Attending the hearing:

  • Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public can request attendance via email to: ICCVisits@icc-cpi.int. Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).
  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearing can request accreditation via email to: PublicAffairs.Unit@icc-cpi.int. All journalists must present a valid press card, and a valid passport or valid ID with a photo, at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).

Please note that individuals who do not confirm their attendance in advance cannot be guaranteed access to the hearings. In order to avoid delays in accessing the building, those attending are advised to arrive one hour before the hearings start.

ICC Media Centre: 
For media representatives wishing to use the Court’s media facilities, the Media Centre will open at 08:30. The ICC Media Centre is located in the building’s ‘Court Tower’. It is composed of hot desk areas, which can sit up to 104 people, and two interview rooms. The Media Centre distributes the video and embedded audio of the hearing, via HD-SDI with a female BNC connection. Journalists wishing to connect to this should bring compatible equipment and a BNC cable. Power is provided (European plug). Wi-Fi connection is available in the Media Centre.

 AV materials: 
Filming or photography is strictly prohibited inside the Court building, apart from the interview rooms and the Media Centre area.

 Images of the hearing will be available for download on an FTP server in video (MPEG-4) and audio (MPEG-3) format, and for viewing on the official ICC YouTube Channel. For information on audio-visual matters, please contact Faida.Rahmanovic@icc-cpi.int

 Parking facilities:
Media representatives can use the ICC’s Visitor Parking.

 SNG vehicles:  
The ICC Parking includes an area for SNG vehicles. BNC connections are available and the video format is HD-SDI with embedded Audio (8 dual mono pairs): Channel 1 – Floor language (international audio); Channel 2 – English interpretation; Channel 3 – French interpretation; Channel 4 – 8 – Other languages, or if no interpretation then Floor language will be sent.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: fadi.el-abdallah@icc-cpi.int

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