The Hague - The International Criminal Court Tuesday postponed its verdict on the war crimes trial of former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga to March 7.
The verdict, only the third in the court's history, was originally set for Friday, but was delayed because “one of the judges is currently unavailable for health reasons,” the Hague-based tribunal said in a statement.
Katanga, 35, went on trial four years ago facing seven counts of war crimes and three of crimes against humanity, including murder and rape, stemming from conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east.
His Forces for the Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI), from the Lendu and Ngiti ethnic groups, are suspected of having taken part in massacres of another ethnic group, the Hema.
Among other allegations, Katanga Ä also known as Simba (Lion) Ä is accused of involvement in an attack on the village of Bogoro in which about 200 civilians were murdered.