Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud makes first appearance before the ICC
On 4 April 2018, Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud (“Al Hassan”) appeared before the single judge of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands). The Single Judge provisionally set the date of the beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing in respect of Mr Al Hassan for 24 September 2018.
The hearing was held in the presence of the Prosecutor and the Defence. Mr Al Hassan was represented by his Duty Counsel, Yasser Hassan. The Single Judge verified the identity of the suspect, and ensured that he was clearly informed of the crimes he is alleged to have committed and of his rights under the Rome Statute of the ICC in a language he fully understands and speaks, in this case, Arabic.
The opening of the confirmation of charges hearing is provisionally scheduled for 24 September 2018. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is 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, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings: the trial.
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