In the case of The Prosecutor v Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, the ICC Presidency has issued a decision replacing two judges in Trial Chamber III following the completion of the trial and sentencing of Mr Bemba, but prior to the Trial Chamber’s rulings on the reparations due to victims. The Presidency noted that ideally Judge Sylvia Steiner and Judge Kuniko Ozaki, who conducted the trial, should also address the matter of reparations in order to preserve knowledge of the case and context. However in this instance, the Presidency granted Judge Steiner’s request for conclusion of her term and Judge Ozaki’s request for excusal, on the respective grounds that Judge Steiner had already served four years beyond her foreseen nine year term and Judge Ozaki has a competing commitment to the ongoing The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda case. The re-convened Trial Chamber III will therefore be comprised of Judge Joyce Aluoch, Judge Geoffrey Henderson, and Judge Chang-ho Chung henceforth.
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