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The case of Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Republic of Guinea v. Democratic Republic of the Congo) before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a dispute brought by the Republic of Guinea for violations of international law relating to diplomatic protection and the treatment of foreign nationals. Ahmadou Sadio Diallo was a businessman with Guinean citizenship who resided in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC). Mr Diallo was seeking payment of debts owed to him in Zaire from various oil companies linked to the Zaire Government. In February 1996, Mr Diallo was imprisoned and expelled from Zaire.
Guinea brought the case against the DRC before the ICJ for violating the rights of its citizen and requested reparations and an apology from the DRC. Guinea alleges that the DRC has committed serious violations of international law against a citizen of Guinea.
The Court heard preliminary objections brought by the DRC concerning admissibility in November 2006. On 24 May 2007, the Court held that Guinea’s applications was admissible insofar as it concerns Mr Diallo’s rights as an individual and his rights as an associé in Africom-Zaire and Africontainers-Zaire.
In an Order dated 5 May 2008, the Court fixed 19 November 2008 and 5 June 2009 as the respective time-limits for the filing of these written pleadings in the case.