Congolese victims can take their Congolese torturers to court in France. On January 10, 2007, the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) overturned a stay on the case of the "disappeared of the Beach". In 1999, 350 refugees returning home to Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo, were taken away by public authorities and "disappeared".
Families of the victims, along with two survivors, started proceedings in French courts against some of the Congolese officials involved. The French Supreme Court's decision to allow the investigation to continue affirms the concept of universal jurisdiction. This means that for crimes involving torture, individuals can file a case in a foreign country for crimes committed abroad.