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Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Guinea v. Democratic Republic of the Congo)

International Court of Justice
2007 I.C.J. 582 (2007)


On December 28, 1998, Guinea (plaintiff) filed a diplomatic protection suit on behalf of Ahmadou Sadio Diallo, a Guinea national, in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (plaintiff). Guinea alleged that Diallo had lawfully resided in DRC for thirty-two years and was unlawfully imprisoned in that State. Guinea also claimed that Diallo’s investments, businesses, and property were unlawfully expropriated. After Diallo unsuccessfully attempted to recover sums owed to him by companies owned by the DRC, Guinea claimed that Diallo was expelled without judicial process from DRC by that State’s authorities. As Guinea sought to exercise its diplomatic protection over Diallo, it was necessary as a preliminary matter to determine whether Diallo met the requirements for diplomatic protection: that is, whether he was a national of Guinea and whether he exhausted the local remedies available in the DRC.

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