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L’impact sur le procès pénal de l’absence des accusés dotés d’une qualité officielle

Les nouvelles règles 134bis, ter et quater du RPP de la CPI et les « personnes en charge de fonctions publiques extraordinaires »
Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi


The 12th session of the International Criminal Court’s assembly of state parties took place from the 20th to the 28th of November 2013, at the Hague. This session followed the lastest evolutions in the kenyan cases, The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Kenyatta and The Prosecutor v. William Ruto, prosecuted for having participated to the perpetration of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They asked for the Court to excuse them from their presence at trial. The Rome Statute’s State parties had to pronounce themselves on the amendment proposals submitted by the African Union, and more precisely on the adoption proposal of rules 134 bis, ter and quater. The new rules concern, respectively, « presence through the use of video technology », « excusal from presence at trial » and « excusal from presence at trial due to extraordinary public duties ».

Under certain circumstances, theses rules authorise the virtual presence of the accused or their « total absence ». Yet, the Rome Statute itself requires the accused presence at trial in article 27. It was necessary, before an amendment proposal of article 27 is submitted, to legally analyse the impact of new rules, applicable to ongoing trial and authorizing the absence of the accused having extraordinary public duties, on the International criminal court’s trial.

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Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi, “L’impact sur le procès pénal de l’absence des accusés dotés d’une qualité officielle”La Revue des droits de l’homme [Online], 6 | 2014, Online since 29 November 2014, connection on 18 January 2022. URL:; DOI:

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