Wednesday, June 16, 2010

[In the News] Two Sudanese Suspects Appear Voluntarily in The Hague

Two individuals accused of war crimes arrived today in The Hague. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain (Banda) and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (Jerbo) voluntarily answered a court summons to appear before the ICC.

The Prosecutor will formally charge the two men - both Darfuri rebel commanders - with numerous counts of war crimes including the intentional directing of an attack against a peacekeeping mission. Speaking about the appearance of the men, Prosecutor Ocampo emphasized the obligations of all parties in the Darfuri situation to cooperate fully with the Court under Security Council Resolution 1593.

The two suspects are the second and third individuals to voluntarily appear before the Court. They were charged together with the first to do so, Bahar Idriss Abu Garda, another rebel commander whose charges were dismissed by the court in early 2009 for lack of evidence. The Prosecutor has indicted that his office will soon present additional evidence regarding that case, and will ask the Court to approve a second summons of Mr. Garda. Photo Credit: Chase College

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