Today the International Criminal Court announced, that the Trial Chamber I lifted the stay of proceedings in the case “The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo” (we reported earlier). AP has the story; press release of the ICC is available here.
Today, Trial Chamber I decided to lift the stay of proceedings in the case of The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo that had been imposed on 13 June 2008. The judges provisionally suggested the date of Monday, 26 January 2009, for the commencement of the trial. The decision of the Chamber is based on the conviction that the reasons for imposing a halt “have fallen away”. The full reasoning will be explained in a written decision in due course.
It will be interesting indeed to see what solution the prosecutor and the Trial Chamber were able to reach regarding the underlying problem of the disclosure of evidence. Will the evidence be disclosed to the judges of the Court only, or will the defence be able to see the material? Will all the confidential material be disclosed or just parts of it?
Addendum: The first information on what caused the Trial Chamber to lift the stay of proceedings has now been leaked (see this post on Professor Schabas’ blog). Apparently, the “prosecution has made a complete turn-around and agreed to make all the confidential information available, seemingly without restriction, to both the Chamber and the defence”. Still I wonder what caused the Prosecutor to make this turn-around. I guess we will know more once the Trial Chamber has issued the full reasoning in its upcoming written decision.